Old Trafford boss to make surprise move to sign St James’ Park midfielder.
Sir Alex Ferguson is considering making one of the most unexpected transfer moves of his 24 years as Manchester United manager – a bid for Joey Barton.
SOURCE: Sunday Times
This is truly shocking. Could Sir Alex Ferguson really be considering a move to sign Newcastle United bad-boy Joey Barton? The Old Trafford boss is known to be looking to add more steel to the centre of his midfield but would that really entail a move to sign the 28 year old Magpie?
In pure footballing terms this rumour is not that crazy, after all Barton put in a solid season last term and manage to exorcise a number of his temperamental demons in the process, hell he is even on the fringes of an England berth now, but would that still lead to a possible move to bring the former Man City man to the Premier League champions?
The fact that Man United could pick up Barton for as little as £6m, due to the fact that the Merseyside born midfielder has just one year left on his St James’ Park contract, could make such a move a tad more probable but that said, this move would still be hugely shocking.
Of course Ferguson did bring Michael Owen from Newcastle United a couple of seasons back, but that move came after the England striker’s deal at the North-East club had run out.
Currently Sir Alex has a number of central midfield options but perhaps the Man United manager sees Barton as a financial prudent replacement for Paul Scholes? The club has the likes of Darren Fletcher, Michael Carrick, Anderson and Darron Gibson to call upon to fill the central role but maybe the Newcastle United man offers something different?
Clearly there is a chance that such a move could seriously backfire and be a gamble Ferguson may well regret making, after all one season of good behaviour does not so easily eradicate a decade or so of insanity.
Alan Pardew does not want to lose Barton but the one time Everton youth team player steadfastly refuses to sign a new deal and having lost captain Kevin Nolan and star striker Andy Carroll in 2011 it seems a fair bet that Newcastle United could still lose more of their top talents.
Left back Jose Enrique is another player with one year left on his contract and also attracting a great deal of attention, most notably from Liverpool. Thus far owner Mike Ashley has not handed much of the £35m Liverpool paid for Carroll to Pardew and his only captures this summer have been free transfers, albeit good quality additions.
Yohan Cabaye joined from Ligue 1 champions Lille, Demba Ba from relegated West Ham and Sylvain Marveaux from Rennes. Pardew will hope to have some funds to add more strength in depth to his Newcastle United squad and perhaps selling big earner Barton would help finance such moves?