£4m shock Arsenal midfielder pursuit continues - reports

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Arsenal continue to be linked with a move for Joey Barton.

The Newcastle United midfielder has been heavily linked with a move away from St James' Park this summer, with speculation increasing further following comment from the player after Kevin Nolan's departure.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been one of those more heavily linked with a move for the player, and the Daily Mail claims that the Gunners are still interested in making a shock move for the player.

The national paper goes on to claim that the player will cost the north Londoners in the region of £4 million, and that Arsenal have scouted the player three times at the end of last season.

Alan Pardew claims to be relaxed with regards to the situation though, and would be happy for the player to see out the final year of his contract if a new deal can't be agreed at the Toon.

"I have spoken to Joey over the summer. Unfortunately at the moment there is no new contract for him," Pardew told the Evening Chronicle.


"He has a year remaining and I think he will stay for that year. I think, like a lot of players, that yearly term contracts in the Premier League are going to be the norm.

"But who is to say that in a year's time that Joey gets a contract that he finds acceptable?"

Wenger is set to have money at his disposal this summer, with reports in the Islington Gazette that a £59 million transfer war chest could be at the disposal of Arsenal.

With uncertainty surrounding club captain Cesc Fabregas at the Emirates, as well as Samir Nasri, midfield reinforcements could be needed at Arsenal and Barton appears to be a legitimate option for the north London club.

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