Portsmouth are willing to offer a contract to Joey Barton according to The Newcastle Evening Chronicle.
The former Manchester City player, relegated from the Premier League with Newcastle this season, has been persistently in trouble on and off the pitch.
Most recently Barton was suspended by Newcastle after allegedly abusing interim manager Alan Shearer during a training ground bust-up at the end of the season.
Shearer, who is expected to be named Magpies boss pending a potential takeover, was alleged to have told Barton he would not play for the club again.
The Toon will be desperate to slash their £76 million wage bill, as they prepare for life in the Championship, with high earners Michael Owen and Mark Viduka also expected to leave the club.
Any potential Newcastle owner will welcome cutting Barton's £60,000 a week from the wage bill.
Written for Goal.com --- June 2009