It seems that Joey Barton, as we had expected earlier today, is leaving Newcastle.
Joey Barton - bye bye Newcastle
He has just tweeted that he doesn’t want to leave Newcastle, but with not being offered a new contract his hands are tied.
This is what Joey said on his twitter account a few moments ago.
Don’t want to leave Newcastle……..I’ve made that clear but my hands are tied.
Going for a medical now, still no contract offer from NUFC……. think that just about makes my mind up.
Joey was always in a difficult position with just one year left on his Newcastle contract, as he wants to get some security for his future in football.
When we heard the news this morning that he was speaking to the London club, it seemed that he would be offered a decent contract by them since they have money to spend, and if that happened, Joey would have little choice but to accept it.
It seems that both West Ham and Stoke City tried to get Joey today too, but we expect the contract Joey was offered by QPR to be one he could hardly turn down.
In his tweets he’s making it clear he has had no contract offer from the Newcastle club, and he seems to be even hinting he would like one.
We would have loved for Joey to stay for this season, because he is a proven Premier League class player, but it was not to be.
Unfortunately, that means that of the five players Alan Pardew wanted to have Newcastle sign on long term contracts in mid-January, only one remains at the club – Cheick Tiote.
Andy Carroll, Kevin Nolan, Jose Enrique and Joey have all left, assuming Joey passes the medical tonight and signs the contract. Those are four of Newcastle’s very best players of the last two seasons.
It will be very interesting to see if Newcastle replace Joey Barton in the one week left in the transfer window.