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REVEALED: Arsenal make serious approach to Newcastle for Barton

Arsenal are serious about moving for Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton.

Former Toon striker Micky Quinn has revealed the Gunners have sounded out Newcastle about Barton's situation.

He told talkSPORT: "I know through a third party that Arsenal have enquired about Joey Barton.

"What I'm gutted about as an ex-Newcastle player is that the spine of the team, the personality of the team is going to be gone.

"Why are they letting players like Joey Barton go if they have any ambition, but it's only going to Arsenal's gain.

"He'll put a bit of steel into that Arsenal team, he goes forward, he was made captain, he's grown up and he said himself that he's making up for lost time for stupidity and injury, he wants to get to the top.

"I think Joey has settled down a lot now, we know he's a bit of a hot-head, we know he's paid on and off the pitch for his stupidity but he's settled down."

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