No Toon contract talk insists Barton


JOEY Barton has denied he is on the verge of being offered a new contract by Newcastle United.

The midfielder has one year left to run on his current deal after his agent Willie McKay revealed last month that he wasn’t going to be offered a fresh one.

There were claims last night that the club were set to change their mind, however, and offer Barton a new three-year deal, but these were quickly rubbished by the player himself.

Barton used his Twitter account to say: “Contract negotiations not re-opened.

“Not speaking to any other club either, back to NUFC on Tuesday.

“If anything changes on the contract front I’ll be the first to let you all know, don’t worry.”

Barton has insisted that he doesn’t want to leave Newcastle, but contract negotiations broke down earlier this year, with the length of the deal on offer the major stumbling block.

At 28, Barton is looking for a four-year deal, but Newcastle were believed to be only willing to offer two years with an option of a third.

Barton was happy to take a pay cut as owner Mike Ashley looks to trim his wage bill, with the United supremo also not keen on offering long-term deals to players approaching their 30s.

That stance saw Kevin Nolan reject a contract extension, before quitting Tyneside for the security of a five-year contract at Championship outfit West Ham.

Barton is close friends with fellow Scouser Nolan, but has pledged to see out the remainder of his contract at Newcastle before leaving on a free transfer next summer