Pardew: Door not closed to Barton

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Manager Alan Pardew has hinted that Joey Barton's Newcastle career may not be over despite this week's Twitter controversy.

Barton has been made available on a free transfer by the Magpies after his recent criticism of the club on the social networking site. The 28-year-old has since tweeted quotes from the likes of George Washington and George Orwell to underline his displeasure and on Tuesday was forced to train alone.

With his agent Willie McKay claiming several clubs had shown interest, Barton looked set to leave but he was allowed to train with the reserves on Thursday before Pardew told a press conference shown on Sky Sports News: "I've never closed the door on anyone and I'm not closing the door on Joey."

Pardew added: "He trained with the development team today and, who knows, he may train with the first-team soon."

Moments later Barton offered further hope of a reconciliation, ironically on his Twitter page, when he made reference to world-renowned bridge builder Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

"Does anybody have Isambard Kingdom Brunel's number?" he wrote.

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