By Harry Sykes
Newcastle have no intention of joining the race to sign Joey Barton, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim manager Rafael Benitez has no plans to sanction a move for the former Magpies midfielder following his release by Rangers.
Barton was a big part of Newcastle’s promotion push in 2010 when he helped take the club back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
But the report states that Barton would not be considered for a second coming with Newcastle despite his popularity with large sections of fans.
Burnley boss Sean Dyche has previously refused to rule out a return to Turf Moor for Barton, 34, after a superb season last term that saw him lead the Clarets to the Championship title.
The midfielder penned a Rangers two-year deal worth around £20,000 per week when he became the highest profile signing of the summer in Scottish football and completed a switch from Burnley.
It is said that Barton was offered around £250,000 to walk away from his deal which runs until summer 2018, and he agreed to take it on Tuesday night.
But the extraordinary saga, which began when the one-time England international had been suspended following a training ground spat with fellow midfielder Andy Halliday, is now almost over with both parties set to sign a pay-off deal on Wednesday.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club pushed out the boat to land a Scottish wonderkid.