Date: 5th September 2008 at 10:25am
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The Daily Mirror have an ‘exclusive’ by Darren Lewis today.

The report claims that Villa are wanting to take 26-year-old Joey Barton from Newcastle as a long term replacement for Gareth Barry

The former Manchester City midfielder faces the FA today and could be banned for up to 12 games for his assault on Ousmane Dabo.

The report says ‘Mirror Sport understands Villa boss Martin O’Neill sees Barton as a long-term replacement for Gareth Barry after fending off Liverpool’s summer bid to sign the England midfielder. But O’Neill is clearly planning for the future as it is thought Liverpool will make a new bid in January.’

They also say that Villa and an unnamed club expressed an interest in Barton on the close of play in the summers transfer window.

Err, I don’t actually think we did. So maybe I should come out with a ‘Vital Villa understands that Villa boss is not lining up Barton and that Villa do not expect to sell Gareth Barry in the January transfer window. Vital Villa also understands that Villa weren’t one of the two clubs – if indeed there were any clubs at all – expressing an interest in the scummiest piece of work within football.’

I’ve got to ask, why would Villa want Barton? He is a thug. Not only a thug but a thick thug who has had more chances than someone who has had loads of chances. In fact he has had more chances than Mr Chance from Chanceville (not to be confused with Chancevilla). He also told Martin O’Neill to f*** off when MON said something to him whilst he was playing for Man City, that surely won’t have gone unnoticed!

IF we did go for him, I would certainly think twice about attending games, I wouldn’t want one penny of my money supporting someone like that. Stubbing out a cigarette in a youth players eye? No thanks. Assaulting a fellow team mate? No thanks. Getting chance after chance and still blowing it – and slapping his current club in the face – by assaulting someone else and going to prison? No thanks.

He’d be the only player in the claret and blue that I would happily join in with the opposition fans to boo. As said, if I was there. You have to think of the character and history of our club, we don’t and never have traded in thugs?

Why start now?

I have faith we won’t. If we do, then maybe it will be Stockport County for me until he departs!

Our latest poll, following on from one in the forum >>Click Here>> asks what you’d think of us signing Barton?