Clubs are queuing for Joey Barton, but he could still stay with Newcastle United.
The People says Barton will meet the Newcastle United hierarchy early this week – paving the way for the controversial midfielder to come off the transfer list and stay at St James’ Park.
Providing talks go well between Barton and his representative and Toon managing director Derek Llambias on Tuesday or Wednesday, the player could be in line for a place in Newcastle’s starting 11 for their Premier League opener against Arsenal on Saturday.
Moneybags Paris St Germain, Malaga, Hamburg and Newcastle’s friendly opponents yesterday, Fiorentina, are all also keen – plus Turkish sides Galatasaray and Fenerbahce. However, Barton and his partner are expecting their first child and are settled on Tyneside, so the odds are now on him staying.
A source said: “Both sides have had time to reflect on what has happened, which was not good for the club, and agreed to get together early this week when the whole situation can be put to bed.”