Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton could leave the club this summer after the Magpies refused to offer the player a new deal.
The 28-year-old is entering the final 12 months of his current contract, and after an impressive season at St James' Park was expected to be signing up for an extended spell in the north-east.
But according to the players' agent, the Merseyside born player is set to leave the club after talks broke down between the two parties, meaning potential suitors Liverpool could sign Barton.
"I had a meeting with Newcastle managing director Derek Llambias and club secretary Lee Charnley and they have indicated Joey will not be offered a new contract," Willie McKay told skysports.com.
"Joey will continue to be a Newcastle player next season and then he will leave on a free transfer at the end of his contract.
"Joey would have loved to have extended his stay at Newcastle, but unfortunately it is not to be.
"Joey has loved his time at Newcastle and nothing will change his commitment for the club next season.
"Obviously we will be monitoring the situation next January to try and find a new club for Joey as he can speak to clubs from abroad in January."
Despite his agent's claims that Barton could leave next summer for nothing, Newcastle are likely to want to cash in on the former Manchester City player, with Liverpool heavily linked with him.
Liverpool are looking for a player who can supply Andy Carroll, and after the impressive partnership the duo struck up at Newcastle, Barton could be just the man to solve The Reds' wide problems.