Celtic Couldn't Afford Barton's Pocket Money, Never Mind 60k A Week!
Celtic had shown an interest in taking Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton on a free transfer ... but his £60,000-per-week wages had Neil Lennon running for cover. Celtic may be challenging to be top dogs in a "Two Team Jocko League", but they cannot compete with the big boys of the English Premiership when it comes to banknotes. Aston Villa are understood to be among six clubs prepared to offer Joey Barton a Premier League lifeline. Barton has been made available on a free transfer despite having a year left on his deal and, according to his agent Willie McKay, has been “inundated with interest.” Villa, Stoke, Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked as well as clubs from abroad, French club Paris Saint-Germain and Spanish outfit Malaga.
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