Tottenham are ready to snap up Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton on a free transfer as Harry Redknapp prepares to make significant moves before the transfer window closes, according to caughtoffside.
The White Hart Lane boss is eager to bolster his midfield and has elected to move for the controversial Magpies star over continuing his interest in West Ham’s Scott Parker.
The 28-year-old had angered the club’s board over Twitter comments regarding the club’s transfer policy and was then made available for a free transfer.
Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew is reluctant to lose Barton, especially having lost other star players Kevin Nolan and Jose Enrique this summer.
The former Man City man was one of the club’s top performers last term and has been in good form in the first two fixtures of the season.
The departure of Robbie Keane to LA Galaxy has helped relax the purse strings a little at White Hart Lane and Redknapp will look to make Barton a tempting offer .
The fact that the cost of purchasing the player will be nothing leaves the club able to offer a lucrative contract.
Harry Redknapp will still be looking to offload a few more players this month with the likes of Peter Crouch, Wilson Palacios, Niko Krancjar and Giovani dos Santos strongly linked with moves away from the club.