Filed: Thursday, 4th October 2001
By: Staff Writer
As spurious transfer rumours continue in the wake of a lack of actual football this week, West Ham are now being linked with a move for Newcastle's Warren Barton.
Website icnewcastle.co.uk reports that Hammers boss Glenn Roeder made an inquiry about the former Wimbledon full back when he spoke to Newcastle boss Bobby Robson prior to the Hammers 3-0 victory over the Toon a fortnight ago.
However, as is often the case with stories such as these there are no specific quotes attributed to those (said to be) involved.
Barton joined Newcastle six years ago in a record-breaking £4m switch. Since then he has made the right back berth his own, although recently he had come under pressure from Andy Griffin for the starting spot.
The 32-year-old defender is out of contract at the end of this season. However, only last Christmas he told how he would like to finish his career on Tyneside.
"I want to sit down and agree a new contract," he said. "I don't expect any problems. And, realistically, it will mean finishing my days with Newcastle."
Going for a Barton? [4th Oct 2001]