Joey Barton has been in the news today - after it was suggested he was actively seeking a move to boyhood club Everton.
These were the words of his agent Willie McKay earlier today…
‘’I spoke to Roberto to see if he would be interested in taking Joey. I told him that Joey would love to join Everton and that they are the only club he willing to lose money to play for.’’
Barton’s previous ambition was to sign a permanent deal with Marseille - but he was not willing to take a pay-cut to move to the South of France.
No it seems only a move back to where he started his footballing education is the only way he would consider a large reduction in his pay-packet.
Now - while opinion will be split on whether Barton would be a decent signing or not - that pay cut will have to be pretty handsome to consider it.
I do not personally believe he is better than the likes of Leon Osman, Marouane Fellaini or Darron Gibson - so he will only be playing a handful of games.
Any reduction in his salary would have to be reflected justly.
This morning however Barton took to his favourite mouthpiece to leave a cryptic clue over his future choice of club for the entire world to see…
Once a blue...— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) July 31, 2013
But hang on … haven’t I heard that before…
"Once a Blue, always a Blue" - Rooney pic.twitter.com/Y9nq17of6l— Harrison Bath (@HarrisonCBath) July 30, 2013
Do you think Joey Barton would be a good signing for Everton?
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