First of all it’s a Sunday today so there are likely to be many rumors in the papers.
Joey Barton – Alex McLeish interested
The Daily Star is reporting that new Aston Villa boss Alex McLeish is ready to bid for Newcastle’s Joey Barton.
Alex will put in an initial £3M and get Newcastle’s reaction, which is probably to tell Villa what the price is to take Joey to Villa Park.
Joey was working on a new contract at Newcastle, but then recently his agent, Willie McKay, was informed that Newcastle had decided not to offer the Liverpudlian a new deal.
But it seems Joey wants to see out his last year on Tyneside, before becoming a free agent next summer.
We think Newcastle will be willing to do a deal on Joey this summer, and it may take as little as £4M for a deal to be struck.
Joey has been at Newcastle for four years, but has had an injury plagued time of things at Newcastle.
That was until last season when he made 35 appearances for the Magpies with 5 goals.
Before that, he had played only 47 appearances and three goals in his first three seasons, since arriving for £5.8M from Manchester City in the summer of 2007.
Joey had said last week that he would only leave Newcastle for a team that competes in the European Champions League, and Villa don’t meet that requirement, although Arsenal do, and he’s been linked with The Gunners today.