'Soft Touch' Arsenal After Barton

02 July 2011 03:46
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is continued to be linked with a move for Joey Barton as he says he wants to add "steel" to his midfield. The Newcastle United midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from St James' Park this summer, with speculation increasing further following comment from the player after Kevin Nolan's departure.The national paper goes on to claim that the player will cost the north Londoners in the region of £4 million, and that Arsenal have scouted the player three times at the end of last season.Alan Pardew: "I have spoken to Joey over the summer. Unfortunately at the moment there is no new contract for him."He has a year remaining and I think he will stay for that year. I think, like a lot of players, that yearly term contracts in the Premier League are going to be the norm."But who is to say that in a year's time that Joey gets a contract that he finds acceptable?"