Barton still in Newcastle contract discussions

Newcastle United are still in negotiations with Joey Barton over a new contract, according to reports in The Evening Chronicle.

Recent press reports have suggested that the Magpies were not willing to offer the salary that Barton demanded, nor to match the five-year contract he wants. There were also rumours that German side Hamburg were looking to bring the former Manchester City player to the Bundesliga, should no deal be reached by the end of the season.

Barton’s deal expires next summer, and it is reported that the two parties are locked in discussions over a new deal, so that the situation is resolved by this Summer.

Barton is in his fourth season with Newcastle, and has scored four goals in 23 appearances so far.

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