It seems there was more truth in that news article on Joey Barton this morning than we thought.
Joey Barton – wants to stay on Tyneside
Barton’s agent Willie McKay has today confirmed that West Ham’s have indeed made an offer for Joey Barton, which was rejected by Newcastle.
McKay told skysports.com today:
“I believe West Ham made an inquiry for Joey and that was rejected by Newcastle,”
“Joey is enjoying his football again and he is committed to Newcastle unless he is told otherwise.”
“There are other sides interested in Joey as I have had five or six phone calls from teams asking about Joey’s availability.
“If these interested clubs make an offer for Joey then it is up to the two clubs to agree a deal and once that happens then we can sit down and discuss a possible move.”
If the club do make the decision to sell Joey Barton there’s not much the player can do about it of course – which is why we were happy the club will not sell Andy Carroll.
We had mentioned this problem before, that Newcastle will have difficulties with players like Alan Smith and Joey Barton, who were given huge contracts on Tyneside, but the club is unlikely to be able to match that wage for any extensions to their contracts.
In a way that’s exactly what’s happening with Steven Taylor – although he was offered slightly more than he was already on at the club – and there has been another increase to that offer that was made recently.
Newcastle want to keep Joey Barton because he’s playing really well, and as long as he behaves himself, Newcastle will want to extend his contract we would think.
But as with Steven Taylor they will hardly want to let Joey’s contract run down, and lose him for nothing in 18 months.
After Steven Taylor, it appears that Joey will be the next one that Newcastle will try to tie down with a new contract on Tyneside – and a lot of that will depend on just how well the new manager – Alan Pardew – does on Tyneside.
We’re not really surprised that a number of other clubs are interested in 28 year-old Barton, but the story today that’s making the rounds is that Newcastle have already decided to cash in on the Liverpudlian – because his wages are too high.
That’s not true.