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Joey Barton could depart Newcastle for Hamburg as Toon offer 'take it or leave' it deal

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23 Feb 2011 09:02:18

Joey Barton could depart Newcastle for Hamburg as Toon offer 'take it or leave' it deal

Newcastle United could lose midfielder Joey Barton to Hamburg after making him a 'take it or leave it' contract offer. Barton, 28, has shown a willingness to take a ?1million a year pay cut in order to extend his career at Newcastle but wanted a three year extension to his current deal which runs out in 18 months time. However, Newcastle are understood to have told him they are only prepared to tie themselves into a two year deal. 'Take it or leave it': Barton (right) Barton, who called for the club's hierarchy to back manager Alan Pardew in the summer by spending the ?35m they received for Andy Carroll on rebuilding the squad, has been left disappointed by the offer as he had hoped a compromise could be negotiated to reflect his willingness to take a pay cut and be part of the club's long term future. That now looks in doubt. Bundesliga side Hamburg and Aston Villa remain interested in Barton and will contemplate a move for him in the summer if the situation remains unresolved. Barton's representative Willie McKay said: 'Joey just wants to get his head down and concentrate on his performances. He is determined to build on his displays this season and push himself back into the England reckoning.'  QPR loan star Routledge desperate to resurrect his Newcastle career Campbell convinced Newcastle was right move despite lack of actionAll the latest Newcastle news, features and opinion  Explore more:People: Joey Barton, Andy Carroll Places: Newcastle, United Kingdom


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