Joey Barton set for Newcastle United departure
Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton is set to leave the Tyneside club after contract negotiations broke down between the two parties.
The 28-year-old, who has a year to run on his present contract, was unable to agree terms on a new deal.
Magpies boss Alan Pardew has been quoted as wanting to retain Barton, who joined Newcastle from Manchester City in July 2007 for £5.8m.
Huyton-born Barton has scored eight goals in 82 appearances at Newcastle.
Barton has previously stated his happiness at Newcastle, and was even quoted as wanting to extend the contract in February of this year.
"We had talks in January - Joey was prepared to take a drop in wages and we couldn't get anywhere," Barton's agent Willie McKay told BBC Newcastle.
"I had a meeting this morning with [managing director] Derek [Llambias] and [football secretary] Lee [Charnley] and there was no offer on the table.
"I've no idea what their thoughts were on the situation, they knew he was going to take less money. He's 28, which is a funny age, he needed a four-year contract which would see him through his best years.
"He was happy with four years and less money.
"He'll probably just run his contract out [at Newcastle], but we need to look for something for Joey in January, and that's where we are.
"He wants to play as well as he can for Newcastle this year, and get the club where they belong which is top five."
Barton is one of several first-team players linked with a move away from St James' Park, with former Spain Under-21 full-back Jose Enrique the subject of reported interest from Premier League rivals.
Meanwhile Newcastle have confirmed they have parted company with defender Sol Campbell and striker Shefki Kuqi, with their deals expiring this summer.
Campbell, 36, joined the Magpies last summer but was limited to just eight appearances, while Kuqi, 34, arrived on a short-term deal in February, but featured only six times as a substitute.
"Newcastle United can confirm that Shefki Kuqi and Sol Campbell have left the club," a spokesman said.
"Everyone at Newcastle thanks Shefki and Sol for their efforts while at St James' Park and wishes them the very best for the future."