Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear has today denied a report which claimed that Bolton Wanderers had made a £2M bid for midfielder Joey Barton.
Joe Kinnear – Barton and Smith going nowhere?
Joey is set to return to training next week,ow recovered from his right knee injury, and we knowJjoe thinks very highly of the player, and Joey looked good when he played earlier in the season for the team.
Kinnear said today:
“We’ve identified the players we want, and it’s in Dennis Wise’s hands.”“As for bids for our players, we’ve never heard from anybody.”
“I spoke to Alan Smith (linked with a more to Middlesbrough), and he’s bitterly disappointed that his name’s been banded around for no reason at all.”
“He’s two weeks away from full fitness, and I don’t know how we can transfer someone who has been out for six months.”
“It’s the same with Joey Barton. He’s back in full training next week.”
We understands Joe’s comments on Joey Barton, but not on Alan Smith.
We understood that deal was true because Mido said that he had talked to Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate yesterday, and he was told negotiations for a swap deal between him and Smith were nearing completion.
So we don’t understand that one, and in retrospect it may have veen a good deal for Newcastle. We would get rid of Smith, who is on £60K/week on Tyneside, and in addition Mark Viduka will leave in the summer, when his contract will not be extended. So for those two we replace them with Mido, who is younger, and although a risk could be more than decent for the club.
Mido would fight it out with Owen, if he stays, Martins, Ameobi and Carroll to fight it out for striker positions next season – and we also save £120K/week wages on Viduka and Smith who are now fringe players at Newcastle. Seemed a decent deal for Newcastle, so Joe may have to think again about that one.
It would be good if Kinnear can keep giving periodic statements on what is true and what is rubbish in the transfer market.
That would be helpful to Newcastle fans who only want to know who may be arriving at Newcastle before early February. He will not have time of course to deny every rubbish article – that’s a full time job for anybody, and Joe has better things to do getting Newcastle ready to avoid relegation. 😀