The Daily Mirror is reporting today that West Ham are again interested in Joey Barton.
Joey Barton – West Ham again interested
Newcastle have told the Liverpudlian he will not be offered a new contract on Tyneside.
After his behavior at the pre-season friendly at Leeds United, when he argued before the game with manager Alan Pardew because he was not captain for the day, and then gave a dressing room speech after the game berating the Newcastle players, Newcastle made him available on a free transfer the very next day.
The east London club are said to be monitoring the situation regarding the midfielder, but Joey has also said that unlike the former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan, he would not take a step down in divisions and prefers to keep playing in the Premier League.
West Ham were slightly interested a couple of weeks ago, when Newcastle first put the player up on a free transfer, and now they seem more interested in the player and are said to be waiting to see if if a top Premier club will make a move for the player in the two weeks still left in the transfer window.
One difficulty with Barton for any interested club, is that he is making around £65K/week at Newcastle, compared with what Kevin was making on Tyneside, which is just over £50K/week, but we don’t think Joey would be interested in moving down a division to West Ham.
West Ham still have former Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker at the club, and cannot afford the high wages of both Parker and Barton, but we think their biggest challenge will be persuading Barton to move to the Championship.
Stoke, Aston Villa, Spurs, Chelsea and Arsenal have registered an interest in the former Newcastle midfielder but are put off by the £8M transfer fee, for a player who turns 31 in October.
We’d be very surprised if Joey Barton moved to West Ham, but we are concerned that Newcastle may let one or two of their top players leave on August 31st, and then be short of players again, as famously happened last January.
At that time they let top striker Andy Carroll move to Liverpool on January 31st, but then didn’t have enough time to bring in a replacement.
What do you think?