Both Barton And Enrique Likely To Be January Transfer Targets

Reports this morning that Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier is ready to step up his interest in Newcastle’s 28 year-old midfielder Joey Barton in January

Joey Barton – with new manager Alan Pardew recently

Joey Barton of course has been in top form for Newcastle United this season, and is playing some of the best football of his career, and there are not too many better midfielders than Joey in England’s top league right now.

Of course Joey has a very bad reputation in football, but maybe gaining just a little bit of sympathy over the last couple of years  as it becomes obvious he’s trying hard to mend his ways.

And even when he lost it and punched Morten Pedersen in the chest recently – and was suspended for three games – he profoundly apologized to the Newcastle manager, club and to their loyal fans – and also revealingly  admitted he was fighting his demons every single day.

Joey also put in a call to Morten and apologized to him personally, and Pedersen went public to say Joey was trying so very hard to beat his demons.

Villa manager Gerard Houllier is said to have some doubts about the 28-year-old former Everton star, but the French manager also needs to get Aston Villa picking up some points, and quickly too.

Of course one of the factors clubs may move for Joey Barton and even Jose Enrique, is that both their contracts run out in a short 18 months, and they could pick them up at a decent transfer fee next month.

But we also think that new manager Alan Pardew has made it abundantly clear to the powers that be at Newcastle, that both Joey and Jose are players he wants to build the future side around.

And Alan will no doubt be pressing owner Mike Ashley to offer new contracts to the two of them – and sooner rather than later.

But as things stand right now, don’t be surprised if offers for both players come in during the January transfer window, and  as we already know,  West Ham have already had a bid turned down for Joey,  within the last few weeks.

We would hope that Mike Ashley will start contract negotiations with both players very soon, but we have no idea if he will.

We know as much about what Mike Ashley thinks, as the Man in the Moon – and that’s not much.

Comments welcome.

15 comments so far

  • stevep

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Enrique will be a big miss today, we really need a backup LB 🙁

  • Toon1978

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #2

    Keeping Enrique is one of the most important things NUFC have to do. Not only is he our best defender, he is one of the best in the team. I would certainly give him the captains armband its a no brainer really. Enrique will soon be called up for Spain he is such a good player. He is one of the strongest full backs i have seen in a very long time. There are very few people who get passed him and its very important we keep him. We have everything going with this player, he loves the North east, he loves the fans and he loves the club, if he was to be sold then i believe it would set us back another few years. Barton, a very good player and keeping him is important. At 28 he is in his best days its a time when players should be playing their best Football. Keeping the following players at NUFC is paramount……..Carroll,Ranger,Gosling,
    Tiote,Barton,Nolan,Vuckic,Get HBA signed on a permanent,Enrique,Simpson,S.Taylor,Williamson,Colocinni.

    We should let the following go…..


    We need one wide player in as we have HBA and Gosling coming back. Jonas is has got nothing to offer in the last third and breaks down 99% of the time.

  • Solaidback

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Neither will be sold thsi window, if they go it will be during the summer when they both have 1 year left & Pardew will have plenty of time to gets replacements in but I hope that both sign new extended contracts, 5 years for Enrique & 3 for Barton due to his age…… 🙂

  • carrollsinger

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #4

    Both gotta be kept bull on 5 year joey on 3 year with option for a 4th

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #5

    I’ll be pleased when January is over.

  • GeordieGerman

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Toon1978, Keep Jonas. When Ben Arfa is back Jonas will improve.

  • Toon1978

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #7


    Yes, i see your point, he could be used as back up but would Jonas stand for that, i don’t think he would be happy sitting on the bench.

  • Rylandhall

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Jose Enrique is out for the match at WHL this afternoon with a sore hamstring… real bad news both stopping Lennon and going forward. Think this will really hamper us today. Leaked on his twitter an hour ago… not sure Pardew will be too pleased. Our very own version of Wikileaks!…

    JoseNUFC3: “Sorry lads i have a test this morning and we decide is better dont play if no im in 100×100. Im so hungry because this game is nice to play”… “We dont know yet the formation but sure i dont play. Is my hamstring is so stiff today but next game i can play sure is just 2 or 3days”

    Heard it hear first!..

  • toonfan09

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #9

    toon 1978 gosling is a cm not a winger that was one of the reasons he didnt want to sign a new contact at everton cos he didnt like playing on the wing… we would be mad to get rid of jonas considering we keep playing him on the left wing when he is right footed doesnt improve his crossing but he had a good game against man city… once he has competition for his place he will pick up

  • Toon1978

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #10


    I know Gosling played full back and right wing for Everton but i did not know that is why he left. I stand corrected lol. We are over run with CM then haha. However, Jonas is terrible in the last third and offers us next to nothing at all.

  • toonfan09

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #11

    aye m8 he has been terrible crossin like but he has it in him cos the 2 corners he has taken for us have both ended on the back of the net lol i rekon if he was put on the right side then he wudnt have to cross with is left or cut back onto his right which wud give him more time and maybe he needs a rest he has started every game but one and then he got brought on 15 mins in he looks very low on confidence at the moment lets just hope he improves

    and yea we have loads of cms lol id get rid of guthrie like he was decent in championship but i think thts his level gosling mite end up on the wing for us though just so he can get his place on the team and then move centre when nolan and bartons legs start to go

  • Jarra

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #12

    It is no suprise with these matches coming thick and fast that it will show the lack of depth due to injuries and suspensions in support of our starting 11.
    I am interested to see the team and formation AP puts out today.
    He has options in formations which could be three at the back and play a 3 – 5 – 2.
    In this formation we have a few more choices with 3 outta 4 centre backs, I would play Simpson and Ferguson as the wing backs with Tiote, Barton and another holding the middle.
    I would like to see that as I believe we would be solid at the back yet could still break with speed with Carroll and Ranger up front.
    I am also supporting Pardew as he is feeding me with confidence with what he is saying, because quite simply he is communicating with us in a manner I appreciate.
    Well done mate I hope you are a success.

  • Sav

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #13

    Why was he speaking to Carroll on Xmas Day when he’s already been quoted numerous times beforehand that he is staying AND he’s just signed a massive contract? What’s that about?
    I don’t like the sound of that and if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

    Barton is of a build and fitness that a 5 year contract is well in order. He is only going to get better and his frees are the best we’ve had in years.
    He’s on big money. No disrespect but why would he go to Villa?

  • Brutooon

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #14

    we should keep Enrique, i dont think Barton would move to West Ham or Aston Villa thats like a move backwards

    Cant wait who play for LB today

  • lewman

    Dec 28, 2010 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #15

    barton is an ex man city star not everton(not sure if he was a youth at everton but not a star), anyway mike ashley may be devious and at times seem heartless but he knows who our best players are as he watches our matches and has an interest in football.

    he wont get more than 5 million for barton because of his reputation and enrique wont go for more than 7 or 8 so i dont think they will be going atleast until we are cemented in the league and have ferguson and maybe vuckic in the first team squad pushing for starting places as premier league survival is worth so much more.

    ashley has been tight with the purse strings but you cant really say he has been on mad selling sprees as look at who we kept when we went down(everyone who wanted to stay).


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