There are some Newcastle players that Alan Pardew and the Newcastle Board will attempt to sign, after tomorrow’s final game at home to West Brom.
Joey Barton – Pardew wants him to stay
Two of them that are likely to sign new long term deals are captain Kevin Nolan and top midfielder Joey Barton, with a mystery still existing as to what Jose Enrique’s real intentions are at Newcastle.
Alan Pardew has always said he wants Joey Barton to stay on Tyneside, and that’s good, because Joey is a leader at the club, along with Kevin Nolan, the captain.
This is what Alan said today:
“I’ve stated all along I want Barton to stay. Whether we can reach an agreement with him . . . we came very close before, very close, it was almost a 12th-hour decision that it didn’t get done, so we’ll have to wait and see how that unfolds.”
“Like all Premier League clubs now, the contracts and complications are difficult, all the ins and outs and tax, how it’s going to be paid, who gets paid and why, and length of contract, etc.”
“I leave that to Derek Llambias, and I just tell him ‘I want him to stay, if we get an acceptable bid we can replace him’. That’s the conversation we had on Thursday and that’s where we are.”
“This is Newcastle United, 50,000 people who are going to do everything they can to support you. We’ve made some big advances with the training ground and that will continue over the summer – it’ll look and feel like a top club, and that’s how it should be.”
With things seemingly going into top gear on the transfer front, it will be good if we can get say Kevin Nolan and Joey Barton signed up very soon – and maybe announce the two signings together.
But we have no idea if Jose Enrique wants to stay, and if this stuff about waiting until the end of the season to renegotiate a deal – when Newcastle are safe – has simply been a ruse for four months.
We’ll know soon enough.