Bolton Wanderers boss Gary Megson is chasing Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton.

The People says Megson is ready to rescue Barton from his Newcastle United nightmare with a season-long loan deal.

Megson is interested in giving the jailed midfielder the opportunity to play on in the Premier League after watching his rift with the Toon widen.

Barton refused to take a £30,000-aweek pay cut last week when Newcastle gave him a "sign or else" ultimatum but the row is likely to sour his relations with the club so much that he will leave.