Some of Newcastle’s top players will be in demand in the January transfer window.
Joey Barton – Hammers and Aston Villa are interested
And while that may be worrying for Newcastle fans, it also shows that Newcastle have some top class players playing on Tyneside this season.
We all know about Spurs wanting Andy Carroll but their offer of two players they don’t want in part exchange – Robbie Keane is one – and take your pick between Peter Crouch and David Bentley as the other, will hardly interest Newcastle.
That would be a good deal – in fact it would be a great deal – but only for Spurs, and hopefully those in charge at Newcastle are not that daft – but we know it’s hard to tell after what happened a couple of weeks ago.
We don’t trust Mike Ashley as far as we can throw him – and that’s not far – but we have to believe that even he knows that if he sells Andy Carroll – it would be curtains for his dastardly reign on Tyneside, because the fans would erupt big time.
The other two players that may catch the interest of clubs are Joey Barton and captain Kevin Nolan, who have been huge players for Newcastle this season.
Joey is on a big wage on Tyneside, and he has but 18 months to run on that five year contract he signed in the summer of 2007, and the paper talk is that Ashley will want to sell him, since he’s unwilling to renew Joey’s contract, at least with the wages he is getting now.
West Ham have shown interest in the 28-year-old, and they have even made an official inquiry, but their bid was well short of Newcastle’s valuation of the England International.
We’re sure Joey would be excited about moving to a club which is currently rock bottom of the Premier League, on a measly 13 points from 18 games. Joey’s had enough of the Championship last season with Newcastle.
The Hammers will do very well to avoid relegation this season, but their performance against Blackburn on Saturday was just hopeless, but Blackburn didn’t look much better, although a new manager could resurrect them and they are already on 22 points.
However, failing to beat the bottom side at home is not a good result for new caretaker manager Steve Kean, and West Ham have yet to win away from home this season.
Aston Villa are also interested in Joey, and that could be a better move for the Liverpool-born player, but Newcastle need to keep their best players, if they are to become a good side again.
Surely our days of being a selling club are over?
We haven’t seen any news of Kevin Nolan being a wanted man, but his form and goals this season will no doubt have alerted a number of the Premier League clubs.
But in truth we have absolutely no idea what Mike Ashley is thinking or could do next month – or at any time – as he’s shown himself to be completely unpredictable, and the latest bomb he dropped on the club exploded just two weeks ago today.
Whether he’ll drop another bomb next month, we simply don’t know – but we hope he doesn’t sell any of our players in January.