It seems that Joey Barton wants to start negotiating with the Newcastle hierarchy again, in an attempt to get a deal thrashed out, so he can achieve his ambition – to stay at Newcastle.
Joey Barton – wants to stay on Tyneside
And since Alan Pardew has arrived on Tyneside, the Londoner has made it very clear to everybody who will listen, that Joey Barton is one of Newcastle’s best players, and Alan rates him very highly.
Alan Pardew also seems to have formed a great relationship with the player, to his credit, and the feeling seems to be mutual.
And after another man of the Match performance on Saturday in the crucial game against Wolves, this may indeed be a good time to start negotiations with the 28 year-old Liverpool-born player – who supports Everton.
If Joey Barton cannot reach an agreement with Newcastle, then Aston Villa, West Ham, Everton and Hamburg are all very interested in taking him off Newcastle’s hands, but that would be tragic for the Newcastle United club.
It seems the disagreement is down to Joey Barton wanting at least a three year extension to his current contract, which runs out a year come June.
That would keep Joey at Newcastle through June, 2015, but it seems Newcastle are only willing to make it a two year extension, even though Joey has already agreed to a £1M a year cut in wages.
Manager Pardew has again made a statement, which seems more pointed towards Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias than anybody else, as he said after the game on Saturday:
‘It’s important to keep your best players. Ours showed up on Saturday and Joey Barton was one of them.”
And Barton’s very experienced agent, Willie McKay, has said today that the two sides are not too far apart, as far as the negotiations go:
“Joey is happy at Newcastle and would be happy to talk. We’re not a million miles apart, it’s about the length of the deal.”
“He wants to get back into the England squad and believes he can do that with Newcastle but his form has attracted a lot of interest.”
Let’s get some of our very best players (Barton, Enrique, Nolan …) signed up now on extended deals, and the Newcastle fans can then look forward to maybe four or five top players arriving this summer.
That would be the way to do it.