The Sunday Mirror is reporting that Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton now has a £4M price tag on his head.
Joey Barton – up for sale for £4M
Joey Barton will return to pre-season training on Monday, knowing that he joins Jonas Gutierrez, Alan Smith and Leon Best, amongst others in the Newcastle squad, who are now up for sale.
This has presumably been done against the wishes of Alan Pardew, who was talking in glowing terms only a couple of days ago, about what Joey could do for Newcastle in the coming season.
But this action seems to suggest that those who run the club – sorry the one person who now runs the club – owner Mike Ashley – wants to sell Barton before September rolls around.
We think Joey cooked his goose, so to speak, with those Twitter comments he made when he heard that captain Kevin Nolan had been sold to West Ham for £4.5M a couple of weeks ago.
Joey Barton’s contract runs out next summer, and he seemed realistic enough when he said recently there was little to no chance that he would be offered a new contract by the club.
But Joey is also dismissing suggestions that he may join Kevin Nolan at West Ham, and says he will not drop down a division to join a Championship club.
But this action by Newcastle seems to suggest he is not wanted on Tyneside – at least not by owner Mike Ashley – who seems to be in charge of who comes and goes at Newcastle these days.
There was news recently that Newcastle would be willing to offload Barton for a low £1M, but this action suggests the club will not do that, but once another club comes along with an offer that meets the club’s valuation of £4M, then Joey could be on his way.
But Barton has said a few times he wants to see out his contract on Tyneside, and Joey has every legal right to do just that, so we’ll just ave to see what happens in the next couple of months.
But who would have thought in May, that Newcastle could be without Nolan, Barton and Enrique come September, which now looks possible, if not probable.
If Joey does leave, then we will need a number of players in the Newcastle squad to step up to the plate and be leaders of the side, with the captain and vice-captain probably both having departed this summer, and of course Alan Pardew will need to pick a new captain and new vice-captain too.
This move also suggests there will be a lot more radical changes in the Newcastle squad than we ever imagined, even in May.