Sky Sports understands that Newcastle midfield star, Joey Barton, is ready to sign a new deal at St James’ Park, and it could even be announced today.
Joey Barton - new Newcastle deal could be announced today
Newcastle have been in talks with Barton over the last couple of weeks, and it would appear that the club have come in from the start of the negotiations, with a decent offer that Joey seems willing to accept.
Newcastle may not pay out huge deals to all players these days, but those who have deserved them – like Joey Barton as just one example – will be rewarded by the Newcastle club – and that’s the way it should be.
Joey is now playing the best football of his career, and he has made no secret of the fact he’d love to finish his career on Tyneside, with Newcastle being a club he seems to just love – and who stood by him when he had his difficult times about three years ago and even ended up in jail.
And we’ll not even mention the Geordie supporters who just adore the Liverpudlian – or should that be Evertonian?
Talks are now said to be at an advanced stage, and we think Newcastle will make every attempt to announce the deal today, to cushion the news (the blow?) that not too many new players will be coming in today.
Bur it’s very important Newcastle sign up their best players on long term deals, so this will be important news – and certainly great news for Alan Pardew.
Barton’s agent Willie McKay has been pleased with the Newcastle initial offer, and says Joey is close to pledging his future to the famous Newcastle United club.
McKay told Sky Sports today:
“Talks have progressed well and we are hopeful of concluding the deal very soon,”
“Joey is enjoying his football at Newcastle and he is happy to sign a new deal.”
Once Joey’s deal is done and dusted, expect Jose Enrique to be the next in line to sign an improved long-term contract at the club, and then we expect both Cheick Tiote and Andy Carroll to be offered improved deals on Tyneside.
It’s just great having players like Joey at Newcastle, who don’t want to play their football at any other place – and that’s exactly how it should be.