Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton could be set for a move to London after reportedly pricing himself out of a move to Everton.
Everton manager David Moyes had made it clear that he would be interested in signing Barton, but the midfielder’s wages demands are too much for the Toffees and Barton isn’t willing to take a pay cut.
The 28-year-old looks all set to leave St James Park after falling out with the club in recent weeks and it now appears that Arsenal and Tottenham are his two most likely destinations.
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Of the two, Spurs are the most likely to make a move for Barton, with Harry Redknapp convinced that he can get the best out of the former Manchester City man. Barton is also keen to link up with the Tottenham boss as he looks to enhance his international ambitions.
However, if Arsenal are indeed interested, it would surely be the club of choice for Barton. From being released by Newcastle United to playing Champions League football with Arsenal? That would be quite a move for him.
For the Gunners, their interest may depend on the future of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri. If either of these two lead, Barton is a cheap, quick and talented replacement.
There is of course still an option that Barton could remain at Newcastle. He has hinted on Twitter that he could see out his contract at St James Park. However, if he is going to be frozen out, surely he is at the stage in his career where he needs to be playing regular football?
Away from Barton, the main transfer news of today is that Nasri could be set to join Manchester City for £22m, Sunderland are looking to sign Craig Bellamy on loan and Tottenham are preparing a bid for Villarreal striker Giuseppe Rossi.