Aston Villa

Magpies Midfielder Part Ex Deal To Stop The Rot At Villa

Aston Villa manager Gérard Houllier has identified the man who could stop the Villains slide towards the Npower Championship.

Newcastle United’s Joey Barton has finally letting his feet do the talking and is reaping the rewards with some sparkling performances this season.

Barton, 28, has had many off field distractions during his career, many of them due to his own temperament. Since his stay at the Sporting Chance clinic he has seemingly turned his life around much to the delight of the Newcastle faithful.

Houllier is looking to sturdy up a Villa midfield that has put in some questionable performances on many occasions this season. Barton would surely add some much needed steel to a side much is predominantly made up of youngsters.

There has been talk of Nigel Reo-Coker being offered as a make weight, if any deal were to take place. Newcastle manager Alan Pardew is hoping to sit Barton down and discuss an extension to his current contract as soon as possible in an attempt to fend off this unwanted interest.

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