Barton still 'settled and happy' at Newcastle

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Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton’s agent has revealed that interest is growing around the star, but Barton has insisted he will only move if the club is right.

"I have had a few calls from other clubs because of the news - everybody knows about the situation at the moment,” Willie McKay told BBC Radio Newcastle.

"I have had a few managers on asking what the situation is with Joey, but only if a top club [came in], I think he would move on.

"He has set his mind up to stay at Newcastle next season because he loves it up there, he's settled and he's playing very, very well.

"Hopefully he can break into the England team at some stage."

McKay insisted that even if Newcastle get an offer from a club that is attractive, Barton may not want to head to that specific side.

"Joey is quite strong-minded and I think he will stay at Newcastle for next season.

"At the end of the day, Joey likes it at Newcastle and he will probably just run his contract out.

"Obviously, we need to look for something for Joey in January, and that's where we are.”

Barton has been connected with a move to Liverpool over the last few months, and the Anfield club might qualify in Barton’s books as a big enough club to take on the playmaker.

After Carroll left for Liverpool in January this year for a record £35 million fee, Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has been looking for someone to feed the young striker, which Barton was particularly good at when the two played together at Newcastle.

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