Joe Kinnear is adamant that players who can help Newcastle United in the relegation fight will not be leaving the club in January.
Joey Barton – staying at Newcastle United
And manager Joe Kinnear has denied that Bolton Wanderers have made any bid for Joey Barton, which has been all over the papers the last couple of weeks.
And Joe says if Bolton are thinking about it they are wasting their time as Joe said:
“There’s been no bid,” “Tell Gary Megson he is talking crap.”
“I am confident Joey will still be here at end of month. We will not have anybody who is an asset to us out of the shop window.”
“Not a chance. Wait and see if I am right but I assure you, I am.”
Joe sees Barton as a key player for the club, and certainly Joey played very well when he did finally get back for a few games earlier in the season.
And it’s wise for Joe to hold onto his players, like Charles N’Zogbia through the end of the season, when the real push for new players will begin in the summer, but we still need to bring in some defensive reinforcements still in January. It looks like we have two central midfielders coming in on loan, and winger Peter Lovenkrands is also a possibility.
Newcastle are interested in Irishman Steve Finnan but he’s been injured nearly all the time he’s been at Espanyol, having played just 4 games for them, and we hardly need to sign yet another injury prone player.
The good news on the injury front is that both José Enrique and Joey Barton returned to training yesterday, although neither will make the game today at Blackburn Rovers, with Joey having been out since the Wigan 2-2 draw at St. James’ Park in the middle of November.
Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor will both be available for the game, which is what we had assumed, but that’s still good news, because the team will be stronger than the one we put out on Wednesday against Hull City.