Arsenal are being linked with a shock summer move for Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton.
The former Manchester City skipper voiced his displeasure over the exit of Magpies skipper Kevin Nolan on Twitter last week, leading to speculation over the weekend that the one-cap England international could leave St James' Park this summer.
Reports in The People on Sunday claim Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is weighing up an 'astonishing' move for the player, with the Frenchman keen to add some 'bite' to his midfield at the Emirates.
Astonishingly, former Toon midfielder Micky Quinn has told talkSPORT that the Gunners have made an enquiry about the player, who only has one-year left on his current contract.
“I know through a third party that Arsenal have enquired about Joey Barton," said Quinn.
“What I’m gutted about as an ex-Newcastle player is that the spine of the team, the personality of the team is going to be gone. Why are they letting players like Joey Barton go if they have any ambition, but it’s only going to Arsenal’s gain.
“He’ll put a bit of steel into that Arsenal team, he goes forward, he was made captain, he’s grown up and he said himself that he’s making up for lost time for stupidity and injury, he wants to get to the top. I think Joey has settled down a lot now, we know he’s a bit of a hot-head, we know he’s paid on and off the pitch for his stupidity but he’s settled down.”
The report goes on to claim that Arsenal could bring the 28-year-old to north London for as little as £1.5 million, given his current contract situation.
Wenger confirmed last month that he would look to spend money on the 'right' players for Arsenal in the transfer window, although question marks would remain for the Gunners faithful over the players temperament should the club make a move for Barton this summer.