This transfer season seems to be turning out more about Newcastle players leaving the club, than new players coming in.
Joey Barton – challenging Danny Murphy against Fulham
We have so far had interest about Shay Given, Geremi, Alan Smith, Charles N’Zogbia and Joey Barton, but of those, Newcastle probably would want to sell only Geremi and Smith, and may have to move out Charles, but maybe in the summer, simply because he’s becoming too much of a pain in the neck.
This of course proves we have some good players at the club, when they are fit, but January is supposed to be strengthening the squad and we should resist the urge to sell some of our better players.
Maybe we can do that in the summer, when we have more time, and hopefully more money to further rebuild the squad.
Bolton seems to have joined Portsmouth in the race to sign the 26-year-old, who is still recovering from a knee injury picked up against Wigan Athletic earlier in the season. We know Joe Kinnear does not want to sell Joey, but apparently Ashley was keen to unload the player earlier in the season, and it may be that if a good bid comes in Ashley may want to unload him.
But again it would be dangerous to do any of this in January, and we need to end up with a troner squad in terms of both quality and quality.
Newcastle have already rejected one bid from Gary Megson’s Bolton but the Guardian is suggesting the club may be willing to offload the controversial midfielder at the right price .
Bolton are said to have tabled a £2M bid, which is a ridiculous bid to say the least, and they say another £1M to follow if certain predefined conditions were met.
Portsmouth are also after Joey, and are expected to come back with a higher bid for the former Manchester City player. But again, we should be very careful to unload any of our players in january, unless we are sure we have some good players coming into the club.
It seems that Tony Adams has identified Barton as the ideal replacement for Lassana Diarra, who was recently sold to Real Madrid for a ridiculous £20M, after Newcastle were after him just 12 months ago, when he was at Chelsea, for just £3M.
Tony Adams knows Joey well through the Sporting Chance clinic which the former Arsenal captain established, and he could certainly be a help to the Liverpool born player.
Newcastle paid £5.8M for Barton 18 months ago but the player has been plagued by injury and controversy, however, Newcastle would still want to recoup all of that transfer fee, before they would even consider letting him go.
But we’ll soon be able to see who is in charge of transfers at the club, and if Given or Barton leave in January, then we can be sure it’s not Joe Kinnear.