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Bolton ready to give Newcastle United Madman a £2m Lifeline

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The Rumour

Bolton are ready to offer bad boy Joey Barton an escape from Newcastle.

Reebok boss Gary Megson is keen to launch a £2m bid for the midfielder. But Megson has still to convince the Bolton board that he can tame such a controversial player.

There is understandable reluctance in the Reebok boardroom to take on Barton, given his catalogue of wrongdoings on and off the pitch.

Despite clear-the-air talks between Barton and the Toon hierarchy, Newcastle will listen to offers.

The Source: (News of the World)

The Analysis

What can one say about Joey Barton that hasn’t already been committed to print? We all know that he has a short fuse and has turned over more new leaves than a Gardener at Kew Gardens but perhaps Gary Megson knows something we don’t, but don’t bet on it.

The underfire Bolton boss is not well liked by a significant portion of the Reebok faithful so such a move won’t do him any favours unless of course Mr. Barton keeps his nose clean and does his talking on the football pitch rather than outside the nearest McDonalds.

The nutcase has talent though and he has the ability to be a very competent attacking midfielder but any such signing would be a risk but at the price quoted perhaps it would be a calculated gamble worth taking?

The Likelihood

Barton to Bolton: If Newcastle do offload him then don’t bet against a move to the Wanderers.

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