Good morning, Toon Army. Will the Spurs be able to money-whip Mike Ashley into selling Andy Carroll? Will Joey Barton take a pay cut to stay a Magpie? Why in the world is Alan Pardew targeting Jay Bothroyd? All this and more in today's links.
Alan Pardew seems to be leaning toward starting Dan Gosling in the midfield, saying that it will be a "baptism by fire" for the recovering player. (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle)
Joey Barton is negotiating a contract extension with the club, and that extension may include a hometown discount. (Brian McNally, MirrorFootball) Barton also turned some heads by suggesting that Fabio Capello is purposefully overlooking him for the England squad because of his history off-the-field. (Brian McNally, MirrorFootball)
Pardew says he won't make any panic buys this January, which begs the question: Why the interest in Jay Bothroyd? (Lee Ryder, The Chronicle) Speaking of Bothroyd, Pardew will continue talks with him next week, a possible indication that the talks are indeed serious. (Scott Wilson, The Northern Echo)
The Paul Gascoigne saga continues: He's now suing News of the World for tapping his phone. I wonder if that's how they got the exclusive on what was going down at Kevin Nolan's house... (Jamie Doward and Jenny Stevens, The Guardian)