Barton “free” to leave Newcastle

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Updated: August 1, 2011

Newcastle United has placed Joey Barton on the transfer list and will allow the outspoken player to leave the club on a free transfer.

The relationship between the club and player had become strained following a breakdown in contract talks with the former Manchester City taking to voicing his frustrations on social media network, Twitter.

Barton, who has been linked with moves to Everton as well as Manchester United, had earlier tweeted that he would an announcement on his future at 4pm today.

However Newcastle have pre-empted the move by Barton and instead released a brief statement on the club’s official website which read “Newcastle United can confirm that Joey Barton has been placed on the transfer list today (today)”.

“The player has been advised that he can leave the club on a free transfer”

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