There was news all over the papers yesterday, that Everton wanted Joey Barton and were willing to pay £4M for him.
Joey Barton – wants to see out Newcastle contract
Some of the reports went so far as to say that Joey would jump at the chance to join his home town club – the club he supported as a boy.
But in financial terms we wondered if Everton could get close to paying Joey what he is getting at Newcastle for the next year – around £65K/week.
And Newcastle have offered Joey a two year extension – estimated at around £50K/week or probably slightly less than that.
£45K/week would mean he would be getting around £1m/year less than his current deal.
But Joey Barton rejected that offer, and Newcastle said last week that that was their last offer, and another offer would not be forthcoming.
Barton was playing golf yesterday, and when he had finished a very decent round, he had obviously received a few tweets on his twitter account about the Everton news, and responded this way on his account:
‘Finished playing golf, 72 not bad. Came in to questions about joining Everton??? I don’t want to leave Newcastle but thanks anyways……..’
‘I cant sign a contract if am not offered one?’
‘I will tell all when the time is right, basically they want a younger, better, cheaper player…………cant blame Mike Ashley and Derek Llambias can you?’
‘…….slight problem is, they don’t want to spend any money or pay any wages. Its genius really ha ha.”
‘I am an employee so have to be careful here. Everyone knows I’d love to stay, i get on with manager Alan Pardew fine and our dressing room is 1st class.
‘if am not offered a new contract, my hands are tied. I will continue to do everything in my power to bring a trophy to St James next season.’
Joey wants to stay on Tyneside, and he will resist any attempt to sell him in the summer, but once Newcastle get a decent offer, we think the club will accept it.
Joey will then need to see what wages that new club will be offering, and if he can get a decent deal – say a four year deal for £60K/week – he could be on his way.
His alternative is to see off his contract at Newcastle, and then he will be a free agent next summer, and should be able to get an excellent contract somewhere – since he will then cost nothing in transfer fees.
But Joey would probably be well advised not to criticize Mike Ashley and Derek LLambias too much, because like it or not, they are the ones who will decide whether a new contract will be offered to him, sometime in the future at Newcastle.
But the chances of that happening don’t look too good at the moment.
What do you think?