St James’ Park star on White Hart Lane radar.
Tottenham are favourites to sign Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton after the club revealed that the midfielder can leave St James’ Park on a free transfer.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is keen on adding more steel to his ranks, after failing to in his attempt to bring Scott Parker to White Hart Lane.
He is expected to turn his attention to Newcastle’s controversial star, with Aston Villa, Blackburn, Fulham and Stoke all monitoring the former Manchester City man’s situation closely.
Barton was kicked out of Newcastle United after owner Mike Ashley finally lost patience with the star midfielder’s online rants against the club.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
This is interesting, and slightly confusing, news. Harry Redknapp has been reportedly looking desperately to bring in defensive reinforcements whilst also trying to bring in new striking options, so news that the White Hart Lane boss is now keen on midfielder Joey Barton is a little bizarre.
Given that the club has a plethora of midfield options but central and wide, perhaps such a move would be as a reaction to the potential sale of Luka Modric to Chelsea, a deal that seems all the more likely after Redknapp’s assistant Kevin Bond claimed that the Crotian has ‘a price’, which contradicts Tottenham’s position on the playmaker.
Barton had a great season last term and the decision to let him leave St James’ Park clearly has nothing to do with footballing ability, more that his statements on Twitter have angered the Magpies board, who rather stupidly have now decided to dispense with the services of potentially the club’s best player.
The 28 year old was reportedly angry about the club’s transfer policy since the sale of Andy Carroll to Liverpool for £35m and the lack of funds being then handed down to Alan Pardew has left many at the club wondering where the club’s ambitions lie.
Captain Kevin Nolan left for Championship side West Ham and left back Jose Enrique refuses to sign a new deal and could also be set to leave if the right offer comes in for the Spaniard.
Redknapp has a number of midfield options and one wonders where the former Man City man would fit in to the club’s first team plans. Centrally the club has Sandro, Rafael Van der Vaart, Luka Modric, Jermaine Jenas, Tom Huddlestone and Wilson Palacios to name just six and out wide they have the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Lennon, Niko Kranjcar, Steven Pienaar and David Bentley.
Barton can play either in a central role or more effectively out on the right side of the midfield.