Earlier on this summer, former Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan joined his ex-Bolton manager Sam Allardyce at West Ham. Now Nolan is urging one of his ex-Magpies teammates to join him at Upton Park; Joey Barton. It was Allardyce who brought Barton to St James’ Park in the first place and Big Sam is thought to be keen to sign the midfielder for a second time, especially as he’s available on a free. Just in case he needed any persuading, Nolan is giving him a little nudge.
Kevin Nolan has been speaking about Barton and has said: “Would Joey Barton come here? Well, I came here, so I can’t see why Joey Barton would not come. It is a massive club.”
Nolan continued: “The way he has been treated over the last couple of years, he is probably looking for an escape. He knows I’m here, he knows Sam [who signed Barton for Newcastle in June 2007] is here and what we are about – I can look after him and he can look after me!”
Nolan added: “It would definitely be good for me. Joey is a great player to play alongside and he is a winner. He tells it straight, as people know, but deep down he is a lovely lad and I get on really well with him. He would be a great acquisition to the squad if we got him here.” Not sure I’ve ever heard Barton be called ‘lovely lad’ before!
Finally Kevin stated: “I’m sure the West Ham fans would love him and the players would come to love him. They [will have] read a lot of things about him – some of them are true, but others are blown out of proportion. With Joey, you have got someone [who] when he puts on the shirt, he genuinely wants to win, and he wants to do the best for the club and the players.”
In regards to Kevin’s final point, that’s why Newcastle should be keeping hold of Barton and Nolan should be keeping his nose out of other clubs’ business. While the interviewer clearly prompted Nolan into talking about his ex-teammate, Kevin could have decided to stay tight-lipped. However, he didn’t and is the latest ex-Newcastle player to talk about players leaving Tyneside – it’s becoming something of a theme. Let’s just hope there isn’t a Newcastle reunion in East London anytime soon.
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