Aston Villa Bid £3M For Newcastle’s Joey Barton

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.

Comments welcome.

74 comments so far

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 19, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #1

    If this happens, we wont hear the end of “Cwarr is Reliable”

    He called this deal hours ago….

  • WhyteThunder

    Jun 19, 2011 at 2:32 AM

    Comment #2

    If Joey wants Champions League, then he won’t agree to a contract with a sub par team.

  • Baro

    Jun 19, 2011 at 2:37 AM

    Comment #3

    No way piss off avilla, but you can have simpson for 3 million!

  • Robby Bobson

    Jun 19, 2011 at 2:38 AM

    Comment #4


  • Sav

    Jun 19, 2011 at 3:21 AM

    Comment #5

    Somebody is gonna come in for Joey before the end of August. Might as well be Villa.
    Looks like all this ‘I’m the best in England’ was more about contracts than getting to wear the 3 Lions. Without Nolan, Joey becomes even more important. All these French lads are all very well but what happens when one of them loses the ball? Even with clown boots on I can’t see Tiote doing it all on his own. He misses a third of the season anyway.
    Unless we are suddenly to bring Barca style to Barrack Road we could be in for some hidings and see some homesick foreign players.
    So far there are more leaving our threadbare squad than coming in. Typically, its not the Sholas and McLovens but the Bests and Rangers and LuaLuas going first. Why?
    In defence its not Perch and Smith out first but more likely Colo and Jose.
    I fear for a team which doesn’t look like Pardew has designed it, full of rather lightweight, delicate, attacking midfielders suffering culture-shock.

  • archaeomag

    Jun 19, 2011 at 3:29 AM

    Comment #6

    “ready to bid . . .” & “Alex will put in an initial £3M ” . . . whose voice mail have they been tapping now . . . . Sunday papers . . you may as well ask Mystic Meg.

  • roshan MAGPIE

    Jun 19, 2011 at 3:36 AM

    Comment #7

    if we are going to sell joey then i think we have to sell him to top 6 clubs not below that

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 19, 2011 at 3:37 AM

    Comment #8


    So far we have brought 4 people in, (with 2 more possibly within the next few days)
    – Abeid
    – Cabaye
    – Ba
    – Marveux


    You seem to include (our players) who are only RUMORED to be on the way out, in your “players leaving”.

    By that Logic, surely you must then include every player we are RUMORED to be after into our “Players Coming IN” category.

    Nothing is official, until its on the Official website, or if Skysports post’s it.

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  • MacToon(Vive le Neuchâtel)

    Jun 19, 2011 at 3:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Sunday papers…yawn. Noticed over the last few hours more and more nonsense has been posted and probably due to the Sunday rags.

    Can’t see Wenger being interested in Barton but would certainly understand Villa’s interest and I’d be gutted if he does leave.

    Taking longer n longer to get through these post… 4 am bloody hell.

  • swoopingmagpie

    Jun 19, 2011 at 4:23 AM

    Comment #10

    Sav, I agree with everything you are saying and have just posted on the Chron blog with sentiments that are similar. We need to retain our experienced English pro’s because they are the backbone of the team. When the going gets tough, you know what.

  • NUFCmagpie

    Jun 19, 2011 at 5:06 AM

    Comment #11


    don’t forget to add Campbell, Kuqi, and LuaLua

  • pizzicatochan

    Jun 19, 2011 at 5:06 AM

    Comment #12

    I just hope a Marveaux-type of transfer is gonna happen by the same time today.

    Who can replace Nolan and Barton (if Englishmen) by the way, realistically?

  • dazza

    Jun 19, 2011 at 5:14 AM

    Comment #13


  • Toon_Sydney

    Jun 19, 2011 at 5:40 AM

    Comment #14

    I can see this being the starting squad so far..
    Simpson-S.Taylor – Collocini- N.Taylor
    Barton- Tiote- Cabaye-Marveuax(Jonas)
    Ben Arfa
    Looks like a good squad but too many changes can result in bad team chemisty may take a while for the team to gel


    Jun 19, 2011 at 6:05 AM

    Comment #15

    If Villa up their offer to 5 mil !

    Then i would take it and get rid ! Even if it would upset a lot of people! Both him and Nolan are reported as turning down generous new contracts!

    We are in the process of completely overhauling the first eleven! He only has a year left on his contract and will probably leave on a free then anyway!
    Get as much as we can for him and let him go!

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 19, 2011 at 6:16 AM

    Comment #16

    Watching the 5-1 thrashing of the scum at the moment on the Tele…:D

  • arfa chance

    Jun 19, 2011 at 6:25 AM

    Comment #17

    Swap for Ireland ?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 19, 2011 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #18

    not another crook in ireland please..

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 19, 2011 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #19

    Swap for Agbonglahor. Done. Pacey Young English Forward.

  • Widowmaker

    Jun 19, 2011 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #20

    Barton will have some fantastic offers come this time next year, I don’t see him leaving unless a top club is in for him.

    It would be good to keep him for another season for us fans anyway. We never know how those new players from France will adopt.

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 19, 2011 at 6:42 AM

    Comment #21

    We have enough midfielders as it is….

    Central Midfielders:
    – Cabaye
    – Barton
    – Gosling
    – Guthrie
    – Smith
    – Tiote
    – Vuckic

    – Jonas
    – Arfa
    – Marveux
    – Ferguson
    – Raylor
    – Abeid
    – LuaLua (hasnt been sold yet…)

    14 Midfielders at this moment in time

    Also might still be bringing in another Midfielder/winger
    i.e Barnetta/Nzogbia if rumors are true.

  • toonincheek

    Jun 19, 2011 at 6:43 AM

    Comment #22

    JB will likely be interested in the move if he gets offered a deal similar to Nolan.

    If he stays with us for the next season, he’ll leave on a free, costing us the £3 million transfer fee plus £3 million in wages.

    Is it worth it to us to spend £6 million to keep JB for the next season ? I think not.
    Even based on his past (very good) performances, especially as he would likely be ‘winding down’.

  • Widowmaker

    Jun 19, 2011 at 6:50 AM

    Comment #23


    I am a fan, not a club director. Thus I am greedy about things on the field.

    Don’t see how spending 6 mils on Barton will cost us anyway. By the way, have you received your shares from the sale of Andy Carrol’s? 😀

  • spitfire_

    Jun 19, 2011 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #24

    Can someone give me a link for ssn?

  • toonincheek

    Jun 19, 2011 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #25


    I’m a fan the same as you, as I’m sure you understand well enough.

    I just think the £6 mil would be better spend elsewhere.
    And I have reservations about the influence a strongly opinionated JB would have over his last season over a team full of new players.

    I hope we will ALL receive ‘shares’ from the AC sale through new players, though that remains to be seen.

  • arfa chance

    Jun 19, 2011 at 6:57 AM

    Comment #26

    How about 3 mill and warnock?

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    Comment #27

    Swap Barton for Agbonglahor!

  • nufc_ back to glory day

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:06 AM

    Comment #28

    how about we replacing the following:
    smith with jeremy menez
    routledge with charles nzogbia
    guthrie with matuidi
    nile with defoe/gabby/erding
    simpson with bougehhrra
    jose enrique with m’begue

    we will have the squad 11/12
    bougehhra staylor colo m’begue
    tiote/matuidi cabaye/barton
    menez ben arfa nzogbia/jonas

    subs: krul, willo, fergie, vuckic, shola, loven, gosling, marveaux

  • geoff777

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:12 AM

    Comment #29

    Barton’s gone – Ashley’s had enough.

    Unless Barton speaks French his methods of motivation might scare the newcomers … 🙂

  • leeb1982

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #30

    Just got in from work and just wondered if they anything looking possible on the transfer fronts

  • MT

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #31

    Central Midfielders:

    i think Barton & Smith both ‘ll sell.(we need one more DM).Hope he is Leroy Fer.


    Jonas,LuaLua.(one more winger)

  • pizzicatochan

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Comment #32

    @Nufc_mo is this your wish or has there been any rumor going on too?

  • Widowmaker

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #33


    I know, just kidding. 😀

    I don’t mind signing free agents as long as they will improve the squad. So you can imagine I am reasonably happy with recent signings.

    However, we must also realise that you don’t often get the best or the most suited players when you spend all your attentions in getting a bargin. That’s what often happened to us in a local supermarket.

    Sometimes a little investment will be needed and I hope the board will find a balanced way of building up a new squad.

    Having said that, I agree with you on the JB part. I also have my reservations on him. It’s just a shame that he couldn’t talk and act as diplomatic as Nolan does.

  • MT

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #34

    How about Marc Albrighton

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #35

    its my wish 😛

  • Nufc_mo

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:25 AM

    Comment #36

    We really do not need another midfielder… especially Central (Unless cover for Tiote ofcourse)

  • pizzicatochan

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #37

    We really need to get a load of defenders. Dann and Cahill are basically out of reach… but who else can we get for sure? (Except for N Taylor)

    Can we depend on our graduates like Paul Dummett and Remie Streete?

  • Cheick and Bake

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #39

    funny how scousers thought they’ve signed marveux… haha … some are pretty sure he failed his medical over there… i hope thats not the case

  • Gibbo Nufc

    Jun 19, 2011 at 7:53 AM

    Comment #40

    Would love to hear some more signings today. best transfer window for years from nufc!


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