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Arsene Wenger is ­weighing up the most astonishing transfer swoop of the ­summer … for Joey Barton.

The Arsenal manager has finally accepted the need to inject some bite and experience into his team of perennial underachievers.

And the Newcastle bad boy’s ability to tick both boxes means he is very much a candidate for the Frenchman. Wenger has been ­discussing Barton with senior members of his staff.

And while he was a ­footballing pariah when he served a jail sentence for assault in 2008, Barton is believed to

have kicked his drinking habit and improved his battered reputation on and off the pitch.

Wenger must now decide whether or not to follow up his initial interest with a firm offer for Barton, who is available for around £1.5million.

The midfielder has one year left to run on his £65,000-a-week contract at Newcastle but he has been told he will not be ­offered another deal.

So the club, who last week parted with Kevin Nolan, are open to offers while they can still get a fee.

And despite his repeated desire to stay at St James’ Park, at the same time Nolan left, Barton admitted he would have to consider a move himself if a Champions League club came knocking.

He said: “I don’t want to leave Newcastle, my family’s settled in the area, I’ve got a great working relationship with everybody at the club.

“But if someone came in and, hypothetically, offered me Champions League football, whether I’d signed a five, six or seven-year deal at Newcastle, I’d have to consider it.”

Wenger has promised new signings will be made this summer – a deal for £12m-rated Lille and Ivory Coast striker Gervinho should be wrapped up soon – as he aims to end the Gunners’ six-year run without a trophy.

Source: People

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