Say It Aint So – Newcastle Will Sell Barton in January


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..

Comments welcome.



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111 comments so far

  • Brutooon

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #1

    why barton?

    we got xisco and alan smith who are on high wages!

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Cant say Im bothered by this – aslong as he is replaced

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  • mattyNUFC

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Really, Rich? You can’t say you are bothered to lose our best midfielder ? and you really think he’ll be replaced?

    This is ridiculous if this is true. No one else on our books can do the job Barton can do, and we sure as hell aren’t gonna get anyone anywhere near his level for 1.5m

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  • carlton nufc

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #4

    no no no this cant be true i thought we would keep barton if he goes i can see a lot more players leaving with the likes oh nolan carroll i hope it aint true oh newcastle need to be looking at jarvis from worm and gerviniho from lilie the ivory coast player if any one gets any more news on joey please post

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #5

    nothing i can say, just wondering why this happen to us when we struggle and make simple move back to top flight,

    and don’t know what in Ashley and Pardew thinking right now if this the true story,

    If they say to balance the wage bill, to me better sale the likes of smith, campbell, xisco or Gutrie, we have other option i think, the likes who can’t produce for us need to move, but why someone who committed, someone who want to pay us their debt, someone who at his form.

    Please hope this just a rumor.

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  • G

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    I thought when Sky reported CH was going to be sacked, that it was rubbish. When they reported it would be AP replacing him, I thought that was also rubbish. What the foxtrot is going on here?

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  • Flop

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #7

    What is going on? Possibly the best english midfielder this season and we’ve set a price of 1.5m. Disgraceful if true, hope it’s just the press trying to unsettle joey…again

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  • Solaidback

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #8

    If he does go, it won’t be a surprise as Ashley got rid of Hoots only a few weeks ago & no one wanted that to happen!!

    If he sells Barton & for only £1.5m, it’ll be PL suicide because who else in our team can give Carroll the ammunition to score goals with???

    Unless he’s selling Carroll as well, then we woudn’t need Barton to cross the ball…. maybe Ashley decided to sell all out good players & let the shyte that’s left play for the second half of the season!!!

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  • danuneek

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Selling Barton is just as bad as selling Carroll.

    Its no coincidence that when Barton was banned we went on a poor run of form.

    Why isn’t this obvious to people! If I can see that then surely a football proffessional can see it.

    1.5m is a joke. He’s worth more than that in points he will get us from now untill his contract ends.

    Carroll is a good player, a really good player. But he’s not Messi, he needs decent supply and Barton is the ONLY player in the team who can provide this.

    Its just MAD. Unless we replace him with a player of similar quality this is another blunder from the fat jabba the hut wannabe.

    Lets prey its just tabloid rubbish.

    Supporters like NUFC_Richyg01 have about as much idea as Cashley and co.

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  • sweendog

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #10

    we’ll see .. sell barton and half the games he played in we would not have won .. ashley is mad to think about selling him .. its his club but does he want us to be relegated ??? watch the liverpool game and see who won it for us .. hope its not true .. selling in the summer is different .. but jan … mental …

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  • Thump

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #11

    Relegation, relegation, relegation for the lads. Relegation for the lads.

    Thanks Mike, you fat sack of useless crap.

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  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #12

    @ danuneek // Dec 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    HANG ON A MINUTE you said exactly the same thing as me:

    “Unless we replace him with a player of similar quality this is another blunder from the fat jabba the hut wannabe.”

    So obviously you have as much an idea as Ca$hley you pillock!

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  • d.calverley

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #13

    This better be a f*g joke! It would piss me off more than the Hoots fuck up!!! For me he has by far been our best player this season, we have nobody with any creativity from dead ball positions (other than Taylor but the rest of his play is very Dicey!), there’s no one who ever seem to be able to provide that creative pass through the centre than him.
    And there’s no way we could afford to replace him with someone of a similar quality, unless Saints have got someone!!! Joke!

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  • sweendog

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #14

    wonder if pardew has a say .. as a manager you have to think .. Where will the creativity come from, nuts

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  • sweendog

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #15

    1.5 mill .. you couldn’t make this up …

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  • mashearer

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #16

    sell barton because he is on 60k a week??then i guess its goodbye to enrique,ben arfa,jonas,colo,nolan etc and no good player will want to join us

    finally goodbye epl

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  • Thump

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Like we replaced Milner, aye?

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  • danuneek

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #18

    NUFC_Richyg01

    “Cant say Im bothered by this”
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  • sweendog

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #19

    did he fall out with pardew etc .. maybe this is why???

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  • danuneek

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #20

    NUFC_Richyg01 “So obviously you have as much an idea as Ca$hley you pillock!”

    Danuneek “Selling Barton is just as bad as selling Carroll.

    Its no coincidence that when Barton was banned we went on a poor run of form.

    Why isn’t this obvious to people! If I can see that then surely a football proffessional can see it.

    1.5m is a joke. He’s worth more than that in points he will get us from now untill his contract ends.

    Carroll is a good player, a really good player. But he’s not Messi, he needs decent supply and Barton is the ONLY player in the team who can provide this.

    Its just MAD. Unless we replace him with a player of similar quality this is another blunder from the fat jabba the hut wannabe.

    Lets prey its just tabloid rubbish.”

    LETS HOPE ASHLEY HAS GOT AS MUCH AS AN IDEA AS ME!

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  • boater

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Newsflash: Unsubstantiated report of controversial- headline friendly- key midfielder departure, in quiet sport-news week before x-mas for transfer peanuts.

    What do the supporters do? Laugh it off, approach with a massive pinch of salt. Naaaah suck it up yet again. ho hum

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  • Spotlight Kid

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #22

    Ashley wants more silverwear, so he’s targetted the league 1 title that Pardew always thought he was capable of winning at Southampton.

    Small problem, we first need to drop two divisions…

    “Boss, I have a cunning little plan where we can even out do the smoggies…”

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #23

    I think the only thinking behind this is that Barton is on huge wages and although he’s playing well now, he was recently out for 4 matches for suspension and a mystery illness which still happens too often for comfort.

    It’s funny a while back I would have been all for him leaving, given all his previous on and off field antics but he has been exceptional this season without a doubt.

    Maybe they feel that Ben Arfa will play that position in the long run. Who knows? it’s a strange one.

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #24

    Sween Dog

    But still give him a new contract and then let him go for a higher fee.

    I would be appalled if he was sold.

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  • Malaysia-RASHID

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #25

    did you all remember CH say ” Barton is key for us to stay up”

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  • DKNUFC

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #26

    It’s a load of bollocks, the board are stupid but are they really this stupid??

    i cant see pardew letting any of his stars go, he knows his self he has a big enough job on his hands as it is, why sell a player that is going to make it increasingly more difficult??

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  • boater

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #27

    The rumour in my pub is that both beckham and SWP are coming to the toon in january, so they’re just clearing the path by selling Barton now.

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  • magfly

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #28

    Hey guys barton has been outstanding this season so far and hope we don’t get rid.But in saying that he has been nothing but trouble for NUFC maybe they think get rid of the bad apple now because he will self destruct yet again and it will cost the club again.

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  • Spartan

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #29

    As has been pointed out, Barton isn’t the only one on a high wage, (Colo, Smith, Xisco etc), the problem is we wouldn’t be able to find anyone better or as good as Barton without paying more than £1.5m plus a decent salary. Therfore I suspect we would not be replacing him and making do with what we’ve got and with Ben Arfa to come back.

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  • foxyflint

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #30

    Transfer window is just around the corner welcome to silly season evry player who is playing well gets linked to another team, yesterday it was AC, this always happens this time of year, I cant see Barton going (a) if he wanted to go he would have to agree terms, of which he has stated he is toon and wants to go no where( b )- West ham wont be able to afford him/ wages when they are relgated, we only kept him due to ashley pumping money into the club when we went down.

    This is just media pre transfer hype once again, as we seem to be a media easy target

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  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #31

    This is bull shit, totally disgusting. only a SOB Like Ashley Can do this.

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  • Newutd

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #32

    What a f*********g disgrace if true. One of our best players being sold for £1.5m…and some people are actually not being bothered by this? What are you on about??

    If Ashley wants to keep Newcastle in the Premiership, he’ll keep Barton. Beckham and SWP? Yes, those are people who would fit us, aye?

    Age and salary -perfect! ??

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  • Thump

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #33

    @boater: I heard it was Messi and Ronaldo.

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  • Newutd

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #34

    What a disgrace if true. £1.5 m for one of our best players…and some people aren’t being bothered by this. What are you on about??

    And SWP and Beckham- they would suit us just reet aye?

    Age, salary, definitely.

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  • Newutd

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #35

    oops, thought it got deleted.

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  • Brutooon

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #36

    i dont mind Barton on hugh wages BUT his contribution is great. He provide assist and goals. This is his best season so far.

    Xisco is doing nothing and got 50k in wages

    Same as Alan Smith

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  • GeordieDan

    Dec 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #37

    If Ashley let’s Barton go for £1.5 million then it’s just yet more proof his plan is simply short-sighted profit making, just to cut down wages at the expense of the quality of our team.

    Like I said yesterday if we get rid of Barton then who’s his replacement?-Guthrie? Routledge? Ha, ne chance!

    What a joke, wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if it’s true. I mean it only 2 days since Pardew went on record saying he’d be keeping Barton and Carroll so this would be Ashley undermining yet another of his appointed managers. Crazy, ridiculous and pointless-all Ashley’s trademark manouvres then eh!

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  • messiah2k6

    Dec 21, 2010 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #38

    Doesn’t make sense, surely if thats the case of high wages then they would’ve offloaded him when we got relegated, there has been many opportunities to do this already.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #39

    Trouble is Barton is a saleable asset, but 1.5M is ridiculous.

    Yes Smith, Xisco are on stupid money but nobody will take on those 2’s combined 5.5 M in annual wages

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  • Sinner

    Dec 21, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #40

    @Boater:Go and take your crap elsewhere about Beckham and Swp.I would want neither of them tbh.The are both past their best,while Barton has shown his best this season.
    If they sell Barton coming up january,i would say thats enough.:/

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