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Joey Barton: Newcastle United Need To Spend To Get Into Europe

Midfielder want St. James’ Park hierarchy to invest in the squad.

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Newcastle United midfielder wants the club’s board to invest money into the squad to begin a charge on Europe.

Liverpool paid the St. James’ Park club £35million for striker Andy Carroll in January and Barton wants to see that re-invested in new players.

Newcastle returned to the Premier League this season and currently sit ninth in the table, four points off a European place.

The in-form midfielder has been left frustrated by the club’s transfer policy but believes the club can compete in Europe if owner Mike Ashley spends the cash.

The 28-year-old feels Newcastle need up to seven players to be able to compete in domestic and European competitions.

“As soon as we get something going, players get sold and then we have to start again,” said Barton.

“It feels like it’s a constant work-in-progress and it is tough in that respect, although we have character and spirit in abundance.

“We’ve got some good players in there and, if we can add more to that in the summer, then we’ve got the basis, a spine of a top side and a side that is capable of challenging for Europe, in my opinion.”

“We need a squad to compete on all fronts and we want to do that. That’s up to the men upstairs to make sure we amass a squad and get the bodies in to challenge for Europe.

“You need to spend money. If you pay peanuts you get monkeys so hopefully they spend it (the Carroll money) and spend it wisely.

“We’ve probably got 15-16 Premier League-quality players with that experience, but I think you need 20-22 to really compete at the top end.”

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