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Barton to Boro - finally?

According to fresh reports, new Middlesborough boss Gareth Southgate has picked up where his predecessor Steve McLaren left off by pursuing an interest in Manchester City Midfielder Joey Barton. The 'bid', if indeed there has been an official one, is said to be in the region of 3m - which is 500k less than Boro offered in the January transfer window.
Stuart Pearce values Barton at 5m, but since he appears to have resigned himself to Joey no longer being part of the equation at Eastlands (as indicated by his siging of Ousmane Dabo from Lazio, and his current pursuit of both Didi Hamaan and Thomas Graveson) this latest approach will no doubt give him considerable food for thought as he struggles on a shoestring budget to reinforce his horrendously depleted ranks in time for the start of the new Premiership season.
Barton is apparently due for talks up on Teeside this week, and will no doubt be aware that since England manager McLaren is a fan of his he could do a lot worse than place his, ahem, loyal and humble services at the disposal of McLaren's former club.
Since Middlesborough have a long history of gambling on mercenaries, ageing stars and never-quite-made-its, it seems to make sense that they are one of a very exclusive shortlist of clubs currently expressing an interest in Barton.




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Date:Tuesday July 4 2006

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Your Comments

You sound desperate to get rid of him, Will Boro offer him the size of contract he wants though?
Trig the yid
Barton is a typical example of a greedy football player with no morals and should hang his sorry head in shame!!
woddywoo
He seems to have no shame though
Trig the yid
yeah but i have got to give it to him, he's a decent footballer! you think you'll do better next season?
wallis
A straight swop for James Morrison wouldn't be a bad deal.
alphieblues
 

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