Joey Barton And Andy Carroll Are January Transfer Targets

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.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • geordie_india

    Dec 20, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    No Barton n AC – No goals for nufc 🙁

  • GeordieDan

    Dec 20, 2010 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #2

    Carroll won’t leave next month no matter how hard Tottenham try. Joey though, now that could be a different matter now that Hughton has gone. If Joey goes who are we going to have that will be able to get those crosses in for Carroll? Guthrie, Routledge, ne chance.

    Also we have to remember Ashley’s a Tottenham fan and how much do you think he’d love it to be able to get one final kick in the knackers over on us before he sells up by selling Carroll to his real ‘own’ club! Make no mistake he’d absolutely love it.

    Thing is Carroll wont leave right now so I wouldn’t be surprised if Ashley starts selling other key players off (like Joey) so Carroll starts questioning whether he can develop at our club with no investment coming from the fat man. Like Ed says the only thing predictable about Ashley is that he is dangerously unpredicable and I’d bet my house on him already planning more nasty surprises for us in the not to distant future.

    Howay Santa, ave bin a good lad this year, all I want for Christmas is a new owner for our club, this fat f****r we’ve got is (brain) damaged beyond repair and needs to go!

  • geoff777

    Dec 20, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #3

    Selling Carroll would be such a bad sign.
    It would mean NUFC really is just a business.
    With no ambition to challenge for trophies.

    It would completely undermine Pardew.

    Can’t see it happening for that reason.

    I hope Joey can be offered a contract extension. Any silly wage caps means we’ll never be able to sign top-quality. Or keep our youth players beyond their first contract if they excel.
    I can see him eventually leaving for a better wage.
    Hopefully he’ll not be sold in January. He’s the best crosser of a ball we have.

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 20, 2010 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #4

    i hope they do not go. never ever

  • Mac

    Dec 20, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    None of our key players will leave in January. Some of our fringe players perhaps,i’m hopin the likes of Smith and Strolla go.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Dec 20, 2010 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #6

    They will not go, but if Mike wants they to go, they will go.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 20, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #7

    I don’t think Ashley will be selling any time soon, certainly not to the Qataris who are after Manu it seems.

    Re – Carroll, I certainly wouldn’t want any has -been deadbeats like Keane and Crouch on huge wages in exchange. Something stupid like £35M and no part exchange and you can never say never I guess. However, Carroll works so hard for the team and that would be very hard to replace.

    Barton has become surprisingly, increasingly vital to us, but you mention his crosses but what about his through balls? If only we had a speedy forward who could make intelligent runs to get in behind and provide an alternative to always putting hopeful, 50/50, percentage balls in the air.

    So if it was Carroll for £35M and we brought in someone like Wolfswinkle for 6M and if it was 6M for Barton and we bought in someone like Adam or 5M, then the shop’s open I think ?

    However, much rather get rid of Best, Perch, Shola, Guthrie, Sol etc first.

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 20, 2010 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #8

    oh and smith

  • Solaidback

    Dec 20, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #9

    Well I have to say that I don’t think Ashley will sell any of our top players because he’s not sold anyone yet that didn’t want to go has he, also selling Barton or Carroll would be very disruptive to the way the squad plays & Ashley wants us to survive in the PL, so that when he does decide to sell, we’ll be value for money, not losing him money!!

    Also, everyone keep saying that Ashleys a Spurts fan, in that case why is he modeling the club on Arse-nil & not the Spurts??

    Another thing, Ashley didn’t sell any players last Jan, so what makes you think he’ll sell any this Jan??

  • balubas1

    Dec 20, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Just a question for some on here:

    Is the time of the Newcastle Hero over?

    I see many that can very easily talk about selling Carroll and Barton.. I find that very disgusting.

    I’ve had many childhood heroes like Shearer, Asprilla, Ferdinand, Ginola, Albert, Watson, W.barton and on and on… and people before my generation had Keegan, Supermac and so on..

    Now my Newcastle Heroes are Andy, Joey and Jose…. I would rather rot in hell than to see any of them go no matter who came in or how much money we got for them.

    Personally, I think it is important for a clubs “soul” to have these heroes. Just look at Man City.. they have no soul, and have lost all respect from the common english fan.

    Thoughts anyone? Or am I the only one?

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 20, 2010 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #11

    I’d take being in city’s position in a heartbeat and no one seemed to mind us spending 15M ( a world record) on bringing Shearer in and Ferdinand, Ginola etc, etc.

  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Dec 20, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #12

    That right balubas…

    In Carroll and Barton, i trust them, they will not sell their soul like Cheating club, but what will happen if Mike want them to transfers because someone offer overprice?

    Can they say, no, this my club?

    I really don’t understand about transfers process/

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 20, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #13

    Ashley, as much as he is hated, is an astute businessman (Sports Direct is proof of that). Ashley will not sell his greatest assets, especially if he intends to sell the club. If we can get into Europe next season (to do that he needs good players) that will put a few million more onto the value of the club than the 20-30 million he could get by selling Andy (not highly paid) and Joey (highly paid but worth every penny).

  • expatgeordie

    Dec 20, 2010 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #14

    I can’t believe that Fat Tw*t & LaimArs* would be so stupid as to sell Carroll or Barton. But then again they sacked Hughton so they are capable of anything. If they do sell them then I just hope the fans instead of turning up in their droves stay away that is the only was Fat Tw*t will listen. I know some will probably bring up the Andy Cole transfer but that was different we had a Geordie chairman & a manager we trusted, which we don’t have now.

  • expatgeordie

    Dec 20, 2010 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #15

    balubas1 Spot on mate

  • Stuart

    Dec 20, 2010 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #16

    I don’t think even Ashley would be stupid enough to sell Carroll, but I have an awful feeling Barton could go.

    If his contract is running down and he is on high wages, I can’t see ashley offering him a new contract on the same or higher wages, so if he did sign a new contract he’d likely have to take a pay cut, and why would he do that when other clubs are after him and may be prepared to pay his wages.

    If Barton goes though and we don’t get someone very good in to replace him we’ll suddenly have no-one to get the crosses in to big Andy’s head like.

  • Irish-Toon

    Dec 20, 2010 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #17

    Even if Ashley wanted to sell the pair of them both players would have to agree to the sale otherwise it’s a no go.

  • Davies

    Dec 20, 2010 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #18

    Expat, we need to move on from the sacking of Hughton. Whether we like it or not, there will have been good reason for the club parting company with him. People don’t get the boot for no good reason.

    Balubas, I couldn’t agree with you more, but I think we should wait and see what happens in the transfer window.

    I honestly can’t see Barton or Carroll going anywhere. The way Barton talks about the club, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him accept a pay cut (within reason) when he renews his contract, but I reckon he’ll be well within his rights to let his current contract run down so he can make the most of the wage he gets now. It may be the case that the club will be in a better position financially in eighteen months and will be able to afford to keep him on what he’s earning. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.


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