Bookies slash odds in Barton becoming an Iron

JoeyBookmakers have been quick to slash odds over night for Joey Barton to join West Ham as the news broke yesterday evening that Kevin Nolan has left the Hammers by mutual consent.

Bet Victor remains the only bookmaker prepared to take money on Barton’s next club after others suspended betting on the 32 year old.

The bookies have him pegged as a 7/4 chance to join West Ham before the Tuesday transfer deadline making the Hammers second favourites  to bag the controversial player behind Burnley who remain odds on favorites at 4/9.

Claret and Hugh columnist EXWHUEmployee has added weight to the possibility suggesting Barton could still join the club.

Just one week ago Irons manager Bilic was asked by reporters whether fan power had scuppered the Barton deal.

Slaven replied: “No, no, it was altogether. It was not just one thing. We were thinking about Joey. I like him as a player. We discussed, we had some talks and ideas about him. But after that, we decided, and Joey also, not to do it. It was not the best timing.”

Speaking to the KUMB podcast recently David Sullivan said his piece on Joey Barton:

“Personally I would have signed Joey Barton because it was an exceptionally good deal from a financial point of view.””It was very high appearance money, but a very low basic. There was no long-term commitment and big appearance money only if he started – and only in Premier League games. From a purely financial point of view, to get a player of Joey Barton’s quality in on a one-year contract was very good from a financial point of view. But there were a couple of players who didn’t fancy it and if the potential cost is an unhappy dressing room, you have to listen to it.”

Has the club had a chance of heart? Were the couple of players Sullivan mentioned who didn’t fancy it, Nolan and Maiga?

Is the timing now right with Nolan and seemingly Maiga outbound?




About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

6 comments on “Bookies slash odds in Barton becoming an Iron

  1. No land officially gone now so I think Barton will come in to replace him .. Barton’s a better player just hope he can keep his temper in check as we have already had to many red cards

  2. And Reece Oxford can be better than both of them ,, if he gets a good run of games .
    But , with Bilics style of the defence playing high up the field I think we can expect more reds before Christmas .
    Hurry back Carroll & Valencia ,, we need you .

  3. Yeah Oxford will be awesome but he is still 16 and has a lot of developing still to do. No doubt one day he will be a England regular & maybe captain but we need to get through this season and we can’t have Oxford as the solution when he has just 1.5 premier league matches under his belt

  4. 9/4 on – Burnley. Someone’s got a lot of do$h on that.

  5. We need to sign someone for f*ck sake. Lost Nolan and Maiga (eventually) and brought no one in, ok they didn’t contribute much to the games but it’s still squad numbers going down. The Daves need to put their money where their mouth has been all transfer season. On the Barton subject I don’t see why not, I can’t stand the bloke but he was fairly decent for QPR last season. Why are we ****ing about with midfielders when we’ve got no forwards, typical West Ham holding onto thin ice and preying it don’t melt, which, is generally does for us. Fingers crossed although the panic is starting to set in slightly

  6. Yep to that , IronsEssex ; but I still think there could a surprise signing before the window shut’s .. Anyway with Carroll getting up to speed and Valencia not far behind him things don’t look as glum as we think . Zarate & Sakho are both short term injuries don’t forget .
    Noble needs support from somebody quicker and sharper , so why not use Oxford .
    He proved he is capable against Arsenal and could very well prove himself capable against Liverpool … Yes , I know he is young and needs nurturing , but then again , so was Paul Allen . One thing is as clear as crystal : we can’t ( shouldn’t ) rely on Nolan anymore .
    Don’t really want to see him a Claret & Blue shirt again to be honest ., except that Is for maybe Burnley . ; Are we panicking , well yes , a bit . BILIC needs to get his team playing with belief ASAP . We have the same scenario now as we did against Arsenal ,, expected to lose and ended up winning ,,, can lightning strike twice ????. 4411 .

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