Continued Interest In Joey Barton At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

31 comments so far

  • Daniel

    Jan 9, 2009 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    If we can get the right price for Given, then JK may ask MA to accept it. Why? He needs the funds. We have too many keepers, and not enough wide players, or central midfielders.

  • Toon olly

    Jan 9, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #2

    if barton leaves ill become a spud untill ashley’s gone..

  • seetow

    Jan 9, 2009 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #3

    he won’t leave, he knows he owes us big time. joey barton, that is. i’m looking forward to more committed performances from joey in our shirt.

  • Flan

    Jan 9, 2009 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Regardless of what money is offered for Joey we have to hold onto him. He would be irreplacable in the Jan window if we sold him IMO

  • Brettoon

    Jan 9, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #5

    Thats really what a club with barely any good central midfielders would do!! Sell their best one!

    Good plan

  • gorskino10

    Jan 9, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Comment #6

    but thats far from the point i know he wont leave but at the end of the day it looks like 7/8 players are always been linked away

    N Zogbia (scum)

    Thats 8 Players maybe leaving this weak team 🙁

  • Todd

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #8

    SSN saying we have rejected bids from pompey and bolton.

  • M.Stockley

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #9

    also read jfk is furious with nzogbia’s agent, for pubically saying hes in talks with 2 clubs

  • Ross

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #10

    i’ve said before and will say again, if Barton leaves that will be the last straw for me. He has a bit of pride about him though and knows he owes us, he wont go anywhere.

  • keeganpleasecomeback

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Alan Smith wont be leaving – hes a Kinnear type of player….He will be a regular starter under Kinnear…Smith a type who fights and is a leader (not nescesarilary a good footballer though)….but he will be kinnears main man – you wait and see…
    Barton is the same kind of player

  • AussieToon

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #12

    Barton won’t leave. I mean the management are pretty stupid here, but not THAT stupid!

    He’s our best CM and we ain’t got that many.

    This transfer period is turning into a shambles.
    What ever happened to the 20 million Ashley said will be going into uus every year?

    Read some of the early quotes from Ashley when he took over….

    Damn Liar!

    Those who are saying they won’t support the club if this person or that person is sold……Give me a break! I bet your lucky enough to see the team play week in week out live, unlike me who is the other side of the world and have to stay up all hours of the night to catch a glimpse…

    I am Newcastle till I die, whether that be in the Premier League or in the bloody Blue Square…

    In saying that, Ashley is testing my nerve, I can’t stomach what he is doing to my club, I shake my head every day when I read what is going on…..

    It’s a damn mess.

  • Toon_Ksk

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #13

    I’ll be glad to have Smith fighting for our side because we are in for a relegation fight this season. Its better to have a player who is out to proof his critics wrong than a grumpy Frenchman.

  • Toon olly

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #14

    AussieToon im newcastle till i die mate i was just making a point man…

  • Simon

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #15


    I think he wants to stay, same as Smith which I think is a massive positive. In the same way that zog clearly wants to leave, get rid. I would rather have players willing to play for the shirt than not.

    Joey does owe us, I just hope that he is given the chance to stay and pay us back.

    If he, or smith goes I believe it will be against their will and will certainly weaken us.

  • Jimmie

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #16

    Must admit that a central midfield with Alan Smith and Joey Barton sounds quite mean to me. Hope JFK will try it some time..

  • keeganpleasecomeback

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #18

    I dont think Mike Ashley is that bad…..i genuinely think he wants the best for the club…problem is hea a bit thick – he dosnt have a clue about football, everything he touches back fires on him.let me explain…
    1:Remember him wearing the shirt with Smith’s number…(not good as Alan hasn’t yet scored for the club and hes a striker)
    2 He appointed KK (fantastic – but then he had to employ wise, bad move mike)
    3:He sits with his black and white kit saying King Kev – 24 hours later KK is no more.
    4:.He makes a statement that we are no longer on the market ( and then we get thrashed by liverpool – couldnt you have waited to after the game you idi..
    show us the money mike thats the only way we will forgive you.

  • StevieA

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #19

    Quite interesting regarding the Riise story.

    I think he could be a good signing for us. Not even in his prime yet and it’s another player with something to prove.

    If we could sign him for £4 or £5 million I would sign him permanent. If not loan with a view to a move would be a superb deal for us.

    Seems pretty concrete to me. Have Roma signed anyone of note in defence recently or are they in talks with anyone?

  • Sav

    Jan 9, 2009 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #20

    More nonsense.

    ‘No interest whatsoever in Newcastle’s Joey Barton’…that may be news.

    or ‘Portsmouth offer Newcastle twice what they paid for Barton’….that could be news.

    but this….?

  • Who is Derek Llambias?

    Jan 9, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #21

    put a sock in it Ed would ye. I’m getting sick of reading this drivel

  • Michael12

    Jan 9, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #22

    @KeeganPleasecomeback: The only mistake Mike Ashley made was bringing back that buffoon Kevin Keegan. Kinnear is far more professional. He has not been given funds this January window but he is not blackmailing the board, he keeps his mouth shut and gets on with the job because he knows it is a hard job and not all jobs in the league are on the same footing. Yes Man city are spending as though the concept of credit crunch does not apply to them but that is the job. If all teams were fairly matched then what is the point of trying to find a competitive advantage.

    The managers job is also to help balance the books (Tony Adams) on the sale of Defoe. He is speaking from a managers point of view not the views you get here from arm chair pundits who think they know everything about football. As a fan we have expectations but do not let those expectation exceed the current ability of the team. Newcastle is not just a football team that only operates on match days Saturday and Sunday. There is far more that goes on than what you see on the pitch.

    We need prudence not to simply throw money around at the fans behest. If your house need renovation or you need a new car, you do not just throw money at the best car without considering your finances first. If you do not have the money to buy the best / fastest car you buy the car you have or you manage without.

    Ashley is making tough decisions and no doubt he wishes he could make decisions to please the fans but as we too should be looking at the right interests of the club not your ego to be the best. First we need to establish ourselves. We were severely rocked by Keegan’s departure we have only just steadied the ship and now you are asking for Henry / Lampard and Messi. Calm down buddy there is no money to show.

  • Nick

    Jan 9, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #23

    We may as well have just kept Allardyce. The football is just as awful to watch. Long ball, negative, physical, ugly , no skill, no developing youngsters given a chance (Bassong apart.)

    A couple of half decent performances and people think Barton is Lampard, Gerrard and Fabregas rolled in to one. He’s not! He’s just slightly better than the other very poor midfield contingent we have at our disposal. If we got 6M, lost the inevitable bad press and accident waiting to happen and got SISSOKO in, I’d bite their hands off.

    Same with Smith. He wouldn’t get 60K a week for doing sod all, apart from making poor timed tackles, anywhere else.

    I would love to ship out all our over paid, has been, sick note misfits:

    Butt, Duff, Owen, Geremi, Smith, Barton, Cacapa.

    Replace with :

    Sissoko, Sakho, D’Allesandro to buy and Ranger, Kadar, Krul and Lua to promote.

    Please not the likes of Riisse, who was so poor towards the end at Liverpool. That’s the difference between a good team and us. When will we stop buying other people’s rejects, has beens or troublemakers.

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 9, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Im still of the Opinion that Smith and Barton are key pieces in the rest of our season


    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #25

    he’s our future captain. he can be to us what roy keane was to manutd.


    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #26


    agreed with you on keegan. he’s walked out on everything he’s been into; we all knew it was just gona end in tears

  • Toon Graeme

    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #27

    KK was a pr stunt that backfired big stylee!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 9, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #28

    If we sell Barton we go down.

    Simple as that for me.

  • bowburnmag

    Jan 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #29

    michael12, sometimes I struggle to grasp how anti-Keegan you really are. JK more professional than KK? Seriously? You are paining a much rosier picture re the non-activity but I refuse to have that argument again today. It just really sticks in the throat re the KK comments when nobody knows the full story and nothing so far should detract from all that he has done for us in the past.

  • Michael12

    Jan 9, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #30

    I waI was never anti Keegan but what you have to admit it that it is unprofessional to walk out on a job. Even if things are not going well, they were not so bad to the point that you cannot work. If he came for training and found Wise taking the training and on match day found wise shouting instructions to the players and giving them the tactics then he can argue that I was doing nothing at Newcastle.

    If he walked out of one job I might give him the benefit of the doubt. But walking out on Newcastle, Fulham, England, Man city, then Newcastle again come on, that is nothing short of unprofessional. Indeed Keegan was a PR stunt and was brought in to manage the fans not the players. He could get away with genocide and the fans would blame anyone even a manager as far back as Ruud guillit for our poor performance in 2008 than Keegan. The fans would be slow to anger where Keegan is concerned. Upon his return we were being thrashed by every side we played I mean mauled so badly we were a joke but fans blamed Big Sam yet Keegan was in charge during that time. No one would admit the truth that Keegan was out of his depth and bereft of any knowledge of tactics. It is a widely accepted criticism even when Keegan left England he said I do not do tactics. He thinks Tactics are little white mints.

    I was welcome to Keegan because the club needed managerial stability that was Keegans Job to bring managerial stability so that the plan of bringing in young players can be in place mean while Keegan will be the man the calm the fans. That was his role, but Keegan thought he could win the champions league and wanted financial backing to do so. That was not the objective. The Clubs Objective is more important than Keegans Objectives. It their Objectives are congruent then it will work but sadly they were not.

    Keegan needed to humble himself, all great movements require a few sacrifices and his ego was a small sacrifice to make for the master plan of launching our competitive challenge in 4 or 5 years from now. He would be truly great for such a sacrifice even more so than his so called “entertaining” football days. That is what a hero does, he does not come out telling the world what great deeds he is going to do, He does them in as an esoteric fashion as possible then history will judge them.

  • Sydney_Toon

    Jan 10, 2009 at 5:36 AM

    Comment #31

    Joey Barton is one of my favourite players leave him in the club he will be vital for our team to stay up


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