Arsenal, Tottenham and Stoke have reportedly made enquiries about Newcastle’s Joey Barton.
The midfielder was made available for a free transfer by the Magpies on Monday afternoon after falling out with the board.
His agent Willie McKay said: “I was totally surprised when they never offered him a contract,” McKay told talkSPORT.
“I think it’s a wee bit suicidal by Newcastle because how would you let your player of the year leave on a free transfer, approaching his prime.
“He had a great season last year and he was, for me, pivotal for the club getting £36million for Andy Carroll because he passed every ball to Andy Carroll, for every goal.
“He’s a very good player and approaching his prime. I just can’t understand what Newcastle are doing.
“Derek Llambias and Mike Ashley stood by Joey when he was under real pressure so I’m not going to come out and slag off Newcastle’s board but I think they have made a mistake. He was going to take a drop in wages to sign a new contract.”
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