Newly released Newcastle star Joey Barton is now a target for Arsenal and Tottenham, with both clubs making enquiries over the controversial midfielder, according to Sky Sports.

After a long-running saga between Barton and the Newcastle board, which came to a head yesterday when the club said that Barton could leave on a free transfer, the star is now looking at his options for next season.

Arsenal have been connected to Barton a few times over the summer, and while pundits argued the 28-year-old may not fit Arsene Wenger’s style of play, with Barton now effectively available for free, Arsenal are reportedly stepping up their pursuit.


But Tottenham are also said to be interested in Barton, and despite Spurs not being able to offer Champions League football, which Arsenal can, Harry Redknapp has yet to make a big name signing this summer, and the Tottenham manager will no doubt be becoming more desperate as the transfer window enters into the last month.

Barton is also fielding interest from Stoke and Bolton, with Owen Coyle telling reporters: "He's a very talented player. We know that.

"There's no doubt Joey will have very attractive offers because he's a talented player.

"We'll continue to bring the right players to football club. Hopefully I can have one or two new faces, ideally before the QPR game, but certainly before the end of the transfer window.”

Barton will no doubt be fielding offers from top clubs, though with the Englishman previously admitting to having a desire to play in the Champions League, Arsenal will no doubt be favourites with Tottenham not far behind for his signature.

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