Sky Sports is reporting today that Newcastle are prepared to sell Joey Barton for a cut-price fee of £1.5M in January.
Joey Barton – for sale in January?
This comes just a day after new manager Alan Pardew has said that he will not sell any of his top stars, so we have to wonder where this information is coming from, and Sky Sports is usually fairly reliable.
Bu £1.5M for Barton is a ridiculously low price, even if the Liverpudlian only has 18 months left on his current contract.
And we’ll not even mention he’s been one of Newcatsle’s best players this season.
If Newcastle are willing to sell their best players – what exactly is the strategy of this club for the future – to keep reducing the wage bill?
West Ham and Aston Villa are both interested in the player, but at £1.5M or even twice that amount, there will be a lot more clubs interested in Joey.
At 28 years of age he’s approaching his best form ever, and has already been mentioned as a possible England player again – he currently has one cap.
But who at the club is willing to sell one of our best players?
The only reason given by Sky Sports is that Newcastle want to further reduce their wage bill, and Joey is on around £60K/week, and presumably that could mean Newcastle are unwilling to offer him new terms that are anywhere near that figure.
So the club have got their messages crossed badly, if indeed this news has any truth in it at all – and we have to hope it doesn’t.
Let’s get this clear – Joey was out injured for around 5 months with a foot injury last season, and when he finally gets back to full fitness and starts to play a string of games in England’s top league, and is again one of Newcastle’s best players and scoring goals too – Newcastle want to sell him?
It makes no sense at all to us, and it can only be true if people who know nothing at all about football are running the Newcastle United club and making daft decisions like this – oh my – so it must be true. 😀
If Joey leaves in January we will be very upset – and have to hope that Sky Sports has got this story all wrong, but it’s worrying that this rumor about Joey keeps surfacing.
We would hope somebody at the club would come out and deny this rumor – and soon – after Alan Pardew only yesterday said Joey was going nowhere..