Do Manchester United Really Want Joey Barton?


The Sunday Times is reporting today that Manchester United are ready to bid for Newcastle’s Joey Barton.

What?

Joey Barton – with beautiful daughter

Of course it is a Sunday, and many stories are made up to sell Sunday newspapers,  but if this story is true,  it should tell the Newcastle hierarchy just how good a player Joey Barton really is,  and they should offer him a new deal to keep him on Tyneside.

There’s some evidence that being a little too tight on the money at Newcastle, means the club are not just  losing good players,  but they are also failing to bring in good players to the club.

One case on point is Charles N’Zogbia who Newcastle sold to Wigan for about £7M in January of 2009, and yet he’s too expensive to buy back at £10M –  come again?

The Sunday Times has described the potential transfer for Joey to the Red Devils as:

“One of the most unexpected transfer moves of Sir Alex’s 24 years as Manchester United manager.”

They are so right there.

And if it is true, we think Joey would jump at the chance to play for arguably the most famous club in world football, and if he did move to the Red Devils you can bet your life that Sir Alex Ferguson, arguably the greatest football manager ever,  would bring out the very best in Joey.

Ferguson is short of Darren Fletcher through injury, and Darron Gibson is probably on his way, and Ferguson probably sees Joey Barton to have a good four years left at the very top level.

And Joey would not be a problem at Manchester United, as far as discipline is concerned, because Barton has proved to be a hard and dedicated professional in training.

Of course this could be another Sunday morning story, in short simply completely made up, but if Joey does leave for Manchester United, it would be a disgrace that Newcastle would let such a good player leave the club.

We are still hoping that a miracle occurs, and that Mike Ashley offers Joey a new contract, that he would accept and he would stay at the club, which he seems to  love.

For the record, Joey has played 82 times with 8 goals over the last four seasons for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.



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107 comments so far

  • FarAwayGeordie

    Jul 24, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Sunday Gossip = Rubbish

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  • Pards28

    Jul 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #2

    I would normally say Sunday Gossip = Rubbish but the Times never run rumors and they are always right.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 24, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #3

    I just can’t see this being true like.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 24, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #4

    more chance of us signing Gervinho

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  • toonsy

    Jul 24, 2011 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #5

    Of course they don’t. It’s been denied numerous times since the “story” first surfaced….

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  • boater

    Jul 24, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #6

    JackButler – to answer your question he wouldn’t be what he is – a player with some potential to develop over the season. But he is still under 21 so doesn’t need to be named in the squad and I haven’t seen anything like enough from him to stop us from going out and signing senior players and allowing him to develop over time.. as with all the kids…

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  • danishmag

    Jul 24, 2011 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #7

    If it should be true, the price should go up.
    8 mill at least. To a club in mid table the price would be 4 mill.
    The red devils do not hide, that the have lots of money..
    So pay up ..
    though it is perhaps only empty rumours

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  • JackButler

    Jul 24, 2011 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #8

    Boater agree we still need to sign senior players, but the likes of Vukic, Tanernier, Kadar and Lua Lua could all do a good job as squad players where training every day with the senior players will help to develop them along with game time.

    The club seems more reluctant than most to blood some of our youngster. Even Man Utd blood their youngster with all the class that they have in their first team and it seems thats all that Wenger does at Arsenal.

    I’m not say we should be relying on the kids, but the least we should be doing is giving them an opportunity to show what they can do even more so as we have an owner who is reluctant to spend money

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  • Stuart

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #9

    Lua Lua was just loaned to Brighton right? Just in the people today they’ve got him listed as a £1.2m purchase for them.

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  • Zangwill_Ho

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #10

    If 35M then good deal

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  • JackButler

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #11

    Stuart

    thought he had gone out on loan?

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  • free giveaways

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #12

    Lol No Man Utd aren’t in for Barton. If you read the article it is just drawing false conclusions. Man Utd will buy a top class midfielder to replace Scholes, someone like Sneijder or M’Villa.

    I like Barton but he’s not good enough for Man Utd, although this story will have given his already enormous ego a boost I’m sure.

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  • Stuart

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #13

    Yeah Jack, im sure he only went on loan aswell like but thats what it says, just hoping someone can confirm im right on the People is wrong lol.

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  • boater

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #14

    Jackbutler – i agree, though we do blood youngsters more than we used to .. ferguson, krul, ranger, carroll: 4 in the past 12-18 months – as many as we saw in the previous 5 years.

    Every supporter thinks they have the next Messi and Shearer in their club’s academy – again too many people operating on wishful fantasies as opposed to realities.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #15

    He’s looked a decent young player when I’ve seen him, I know he’s only got a year left on his contract but it doesn’t make much sense selling a young player like that?
    Unless he wanted out?

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  • boater

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #16

    I think Barton is good enough for man utd… he is a better player essentially than Carrick, Fletcher and even Anderson- they’ve just had the benefit of playing in that fergie-zone in which somehow middling players are made to look top class. Add to that the leadership qualities and tenacity..

    more a belated replacement for Keane,,, similar kind of player I reckon.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #17

    If there’s one manager in the game who can handle Barton it Fergie, he would be a very good signing for them, would still be amazed if it happens though

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  • ochytoon

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Boater
    As much as I dislike him, Fletcher is better than Barton

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  • danishmag

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #19

    I wrote this one earlier..
    Yes, alot en here must be very naive, to actually believe that Freddie Shepherd was the right man for the club.
    He almost drove the pride of the north into bankruptcy, so let us hail him…
    Ashley took over, put in alot of his own money, to avoid the bank for closing us down. Since then he has tried to cut the costs, and of course the club is paying back the loan to him. He is not getting any percentage on the loan to the club…. So lets kick him out… Are you f… stupid? jesus christ

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  • JackButler

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #20

    ochytoon

    have you hit your head or something?

    Fletcher better than Barton?

    Come on man, you have to be joking right?

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  • scottoon

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #21

    Sunday always brings interesting stories. Can’t see Joey going to Manure…just don’t think Ferguson actually would want him. Great player but can’t see him in Ferguson’s plans.

    Watched last night’s mess on line. Tav and Abeid looked top notch. Collo was class. As for the rest…played like they were too comfortable. Too sure of their place in the squad. Which leads me to think that any tour that fragments the squad is a problem. Lads need to bond, and need to feel that there is a young’un chomping at their heels.

    I hear that the Citrus Bowl was to have grass installed for last night’s match. Seems the clubs were not happy with the temporary turf so they ripped it out at the last moment and decided to play on the artificial surface. I have to wonder if the NUFC brass said sorry….cant play on the temporary grass. Orlando points to the contract and says you have to play. So in the interest of preserving our boys, Pards says boys…go play, but don’t push it cause we don’t need any more of you to be crocked.

    Seems a reasonable explanation for the fact that the side put forth absolutely no effort…terrible display.

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  • Dannyo

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #22

    If Barton goes, he goes. But i think we’d be better off if he took a 3-4 year deal. But he shouldn’t get a raise tbh.

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  • danishmag

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #23

    This one i also wrote earlier…

    MA is turning the club into financial growth.
    When he took over, the clubs financials was a mess.
    Today, MA and the rest is building a good squad and building a sound infrastructere.
    Some of the Carroll money has been spend wisely into the club. The rest of the money (do not know how much)
    is still there to be spend. A couple of more players are yet to come. Be patient, Rome was not build in a day either.
    And for the transfer policy… its pure genius to tell the press that all of the Carroll money has been spend. Why?…
    Because the clubs that we are trying to buy players from, then will not push the price tag up.
    Look at the money Shitty, Chelski or Liverpool have spend… Have they gotten the same amount of quality, as we have? comparing with the money we have spend? (only sign on fees so far)
    I am a entrepreneur my self, and having my own company, i must say that Ashley is brilliant at what he does.
    Wait and see… within a couple of years we are in the fight of champions league places again. And this time it will not be for the money of the bank, but for the profit beeing made year by year.
    Freddie, King Kev and the rest of that era almost drove the club into ruins, financialy. Money were spend without having it. That is des respectful in my opinion.
    Keegan saying that MA is a liar etc… Keegan was only an employee, getting his salary every month. MA is responsible for the whole shit, and i bet that Keegan could not see the whole picture. I know it from my own company. I do not tell my workers more than they need to know. I have the full responsibility, they do not!
    Again… Wait and see.. you´ll all learn that MA is the right man… Or would you rather have Abramovic?
    When he gets sick and tired of Chelsea not winning the champions league, he will sell the club and drop it like a bad one.
    MA is the king, and I for one, respect what he is doing.
    Keep up the good work MA

    Comments welcome

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  • Stuart

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #24

    @Danish

    While you’re obviously not a doom monger what you are doing is enticing the everlasting arguement out of hibernation.

    Neither side will ever back down and nothing will ever be acheived by the arguements.

    Its best to concentrate on the footballing side of things and let the doom mongers smugly pat each other on the back everytime anything goes slightly wrong, proving what fantastic supporters they are.

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  • free giveaways

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #25

    Boater;

    Really? You’re comparing Barton to possibly the best midfielder to ever play in the premiership? You can’t compare Barton to Keane, Barton didn’t even play central midfield for us last season.

    Fletcher does a great job for Man Utd and Andersson is only 23, he has the potential to be a great player, far better than Barton. Barton is probably a better player than Carrick though.

    I think this story is nonsense anyway. Man Utd will spend big on someone like Sneijder or Nasri and Barton will leave on a free next season.

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  • ochytoon

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #26

    Fletcher is a good all round player and I reckon he could give Barton a run for his money. We have to remember Barton has only had 1 and a bit good seasons.

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  • ochytoon

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Danish
    Could be right in that £35 mil theory

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  • Offkey

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #28

    @ DanishMag

    Again, I clearly state you know nothing of how to run a business if you think it is okay to breach employees trust, undermine them and force them to resign.

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  • boater

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #29

    ochytoon – hmm I honestly think they are close with Barton just edging it for his range of passing and assertiveness/ impact over 90mins.. if Fletcher had been at the toon and Barton at manure last few years,, barton would have been miles ahead by now.

    danishmag – why are you still going on about how great ashley is?
    why is he seeking to silence the fans and dressing room figures? it’s what all guilty people do… get rid of witnesses and resistance..

    I am so sick of hearing about the mess the club was in… so is every club in the country… are we supporting the books or the team? the club announced a profit even before the carroll sale- where is the funking 35mil?? don’t tell me… running costs and player salaries… ok so where is the 10-15m mil that was promised to cover those expenses every year?

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  • scottoon

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #30

    Fletcher has a better engine, but Barton brings more skill. Barton is more of a “Scholes” type though. If there is a grain of truth to this, maybe makes the “braintrust” at the Toon realize his value. Give the lad an extension!

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  • boater

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #32

    free givaways – your dealing with the reputation over a players’ ability. I think as technical footballers Barton and Keane are damn near close.. both were aggressive midfield leaders, always available for a pass, always looking to support the forwards and hassle the opposition.. range of passing – shooting was practically identical. what the hell does that have to do with barton having a season out on the right wing anyway?

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  • Offkey

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #33

    Barton over Fletcher, Anderson and Carrick any day. If all were English I would be saying that the only one who should be picked for England is Barton………

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  • gndtoon

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #34

    ok so now i am over my hangover i’ll tell you what i saw …

    i was lucky enough to be sitting right behind the Newcastle bench. The reffing for the match was pretty bad.

    1. Enrique gets very frustrated when things go wrong on the pitch he’s one of the only players who actually throws his hands up and gets emotional about the situation.
    Although while on the bench he was talking haris through situations and teaching him what do and what the others should be doing.

    2. Saylor when signing autographs afterwards appolgized to the 150 or so fans that waited to get player autographs for the disappointing performance.
    He’s a class act and cares for the club deeply people were shouting never leave and he said he never will. someone gave him their kid to hold and told the kid that “this man cares” taylor was moved by the whole thing visably. what he lacks in abilty he makes up for in caring and as much some of you dont think this matters it very much does.

    2. Sylvian didn’t play wasn’t even dressed to play. He sat on the bench with his diamond watch and ice cream nikes. I thought it was perchy for the longest time. I dont know if he is injured but i think he’s struggling with the language barrier.

    3.abeid, (along with enrique ) was one of the better players he didn’t get much time but he is going to a great player for us. It’s looking more and more likely he’s player a role this season. You can tell he’s young every chance he got he would look around the stadium huge smile on his face, he was really enjoying the atmosphere

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  • Barras

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #35

    One of Ed’s articles today mentioned that reports today have suggested were close to signing Erdinc. Can someone clarify what reports as I’ve found nothing apart from Cwarr on Twitter saying he’s having a medical tomorrow. But we all know what that nob jockeys like.

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  • sidekick

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #36

    Joey is a top midfield player probably being offered at a bargain price.
    Fergie won’t be looking to buy him to replace any of his midfielders , he would buy him because of his ability and if the price is right .
    ” You can’t have too many midfield players” –
    Pep Guardiola.

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  • Offkey

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #37

    @ Barras

    The People and Express apparently say an offer has been accepted

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  • gndtoon

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #38

    lastly, BA, Alan P, and cheick were some of the people that didn’t stick around to sign autographs they just jumped on the bus and waited for the rest of the team to finish signing them.

    I was pretty disappointed at this, although i had already got my shirt signed by them many others had not. Some of the fans there had come from pretty far away and especially for BA a new player or Even ALAN the bloody manager .

    You’d think you’d want the good P.R. oh well. Limited account of things i know but if you have any questions i might be able to help.

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  • JackButler

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #39

    Barras

    it was reported in the mirror last night that fee with PSG had been agreed. 6.5mil

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  • gndtoon

    Jul 24, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #40

    lastly, BA, Alan P, and cheick were some of the people that didn’t stick around to sign autographs they just jumped on the bus and waited for the rest of the team to finish signing them.

    I was pretty disappointed at this, although i had already got my shirt signed by them many others had not. Some of the fans there had come from pretty far away and especially for BA a new player or Even ALAN the bloody manager .
    You’d think you’d want the good P.R. oh well. Limited account of things i know but if you have any questions i might be able to help.

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