Rabu, 3 Ogos 2011

Who wants him?

pemain newcastle united, joey barton diberitakan telah diberikan lampu hijau untuk keluar secara percuma selepas menyatakan ketidakpuashatinya dalam laman twitter. barton telah memberikan kritikan kepada pengurus dan pemilik newcastle united. secara tidak langsung, barton terpaksa mencari kelab baru jika ingin meneruskan karier bola sepaknya. namun begitu, terdapat beberapa kelab yang dikatakan berminat atau dikaitkan dengan barton. kelab2 tersebut adalah:

No sooner had Barton sent his exit tweet then the Hoops were installed by the bookies as narrow favourites to sign the star. On paper it seems like a natural fit as a player with Barton's fiery personality would feel right at home in an Old Firm derby. Celtic are renowned for not being among Britain's best payers and, with Barton approaching 29 next month, money is sure to be a factor in what could be his final big contract.

If there is a midfielder on the market it is quite likely that Tottenham will be linked with a move for him. Harry Redknapp tried and failed to sign Charlie Adam, David Beckham and Scott Parker among others earlier this year, and Spurs are second favourites to nab Barton. Redknapp is known for getting the best out of troubled players, but one potential drawback is Barton's relationship with his nephew Frank Lampard, who he ridiculed when they were England team-mates briefly in 2007.

Arsene Wenger is under pressure to deliver a trophy in 2011-12 and capturing Barton would be a daring move. With the Cesc Fabregas saga continuing to drag on, the 'Professor' could do far worse than snap up an international player who is available on a free transfer. The Gunners have lacked a certain bite in the centre of the park since Patrick Vieira said au revoir in 2005, and Barton would relish the chance to fill that void. Arsenal have been criticised for not being nasty enough in recent years and Barton provides that attribute in spades to go along with his undoubted talent.

Manchester United
As a former Manchester City player, the prospect of Barton joining the Red Devils may be remote. However, it is understood that the reigning Premier League champions have expressed an interest in signing him before, to which Barton issued a polite "thanks but no thanks" rebuttal. Sir Alex Ferguson likes a punt on a free transfer, as the surprise signing of Michael Owen in 2009 clearly demonstrates. Barton, a Liverpool born ex-City player, might be a tad more difficult one to sell to the Old Trafford faithful than even Owen was.

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