We had an article out last night that reported that Alan Pardew yesterday had said in a post match interview, that he was close to signing a top Newcastle player to a new extended deal on Tyneside.
Joey Barton – staying on Tyneside because this is where he wants to be
And we guessed that player may be Joey Barton – we hoped that player would be Joey Barton.
And today the Sunday Sun is reporting that Newcastle are indeed close to securing Joey on an extended deal.
The new contract could be announced as early as next week, as negotiations seem to have gone very smoothly with Joey’s agent, Willie McKay, who has said often that his client was very happy at the Newcastle club.
And as expected (and hoped), it looks like the 28 year-old Liverpudlian, who was on a massive £65K/week at Newcastle, has agreed to take a pay cut to stay on at St James’ Park.
Now that’s what we like to see from our players.
Joey has had a terrible history of violence off the pitch, but he has very much corralled that behavior over the last two years, and apart from one or two small departures, has behaved himself very well both on the pitch, and off the pitch.
And of course he’s just a huge favorite with the Newcastle fans, and will be even more so after this news.
Joey is playing his best football ever, and he’s one player Newcastle can build their new team around – and that’s just exactly what Alan Pardew wants to do.
Next up will be 24 year-old Jose Enrique, and we think Jose could be even quicker in signing a new deal at Newcastle, and his new contract could even be with improved terms.
Jose was on lower wages than Joey (£40K/week?), but has become one of Newcastle’s best players over the last couple of seasons, an is another huge favorite with Newcastle fans.
And Jose has also said he wants to stay at Newcastle.