News today in the People that Joey Barton is close to joining the team he supported as a child – Everton.
Joey Barton – close to Everton move for £4M
Since the shock news last week that Newcastle would not offer Joey a new deal, it seems a host of clubs have been interested in the player.
And make no mistake, Newcastle will want to sell him in the summer, to get something for him, rather than lose Joey for nothing as a free agent next summer.
Aston Villa and Bayern Munich are interested in him, but it seems Newcastle could accept a £4M from Everton for their 28-year-old midfielder.
What a bargain Everton would be getting is true, and this will hardly go down well with Newcastle fans – as owner Mike Ashley again goes against the wishes of the Newcastle fans.
Alan Pardew was hoping that Barton would see out the last 12 months of his contract, but that’s not what Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias will want and again Alan Pardew has been isolated and ignored by the Newcastle hierarchy – just like he was with Andy Carroll.
Joey was said to be willing to take a cut in his £65K/week wages in return for a four-year contract on Tyneside, but Newcastle were unwilling to offer him more than a two year deal.
But it’s not clear he will get even the same deal he was offered at Newcastle at the Everton club, who are not exactly flush with money.
However, Joey had said he would only leave Newcastle if a big club came along, and it will be a decision Joey will need to make, because he will get nowhere near £65K/week at Everton, that he could still get next season at Newcatsle.
However the news in the People is that Joey is keen to join Everton, if you are willing to believe that – but we’ll see.
Apparently he wanted to join Everton as a youngster but he was rejected at the time and instead ended up at Manchester City.
News yesterday that Newcastle have agreed a deal of around £4.2M for Lille’s very skilled box-to-box midfielder Yohan Cabaye which we reported yesterday.
Things are starting to move quickly at Newcatsle but it looks now Newcastle will lose three of their top players – Carroll, Barton and no doubt Enrique – all in a short five months.
On the positive side Newcastle are in for a number of players so early in the transfer window, and by our count it’s about six players the club has already bid for.