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West Ham have joined Arsenal in being strongly linked as suitors for Gareth Barry whose release from Manchester City as a free agent was confirmed last week.

A decision over the midfielder's future was expected once the Premier League season was over and he is considering his options after a successful season on loan at Everton.

Roberto Martinez is very keen to keep the 33 year-old, who is settled in the north west, at Goodison but if money is high on Barry's list of priorities, he may end up elsewhere, with both London clubs reportedly ready to offer him a bumper deal. There has also been speculation suggesting he could join the new New York FC MLS team but they don't start playing until next year.

Original Source: The Express  

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Mark Pierpoint
264 Posted 27/05/2014 at 16:53:36
I would be staggered if Gareth Barry gave a second thought to moving his family from the North West to go to a team like West Ham. After 5 years on Man City wages, surely it is not worth the extra money to him.
James Marshall
364 Posted 27/05/2014 at 22:23:17
I know we all think of £50,000 a week as an outrageous amount of money, and of course it is, but look at it another way - people live within but up to their means so when a player like Barry is leaving City where he was on more than we're offering, I think it's fair to say that he might need to be paid similarly.

Whenever I've changed jobs, I've always needed a similar wage to facilitate my current lifestyle and I don't see why a footballer on huge wages would be any different. Thus West Ham might be in with a shout, especially given it's likely to be his last playing contract.

James Stewart
370 Posted 27/05/2014 at 22:45:09
I wouldn't even go as high as £50k! Players like Diame, Wanyama etc won't be making that.
James Marshall
372 Posted 27/05/2014 at 23:00:13
Diame and Wanyama aren't half the player Barry is though.
Ste Traverse
376 Posted 27/05/2014 at 23:29:40
I don't see him signing for the Hammers unless he's offered ridiculous dosh.

If he doesn't stay with us, then there surely will be much better options on the table than Big Sam's 3rd-rate club.

Steve Barnes
412 Posted 28/05/2014 at 09:19:36
Ste (376), I agree about West Ham, but haven't the Double 'D' Team just given Big Sam a kicking and told him to play 'nice' football?

Maybe they will splash out on someone like Barry who can actually play the game... hope not.

Keith Glazzard
497 Posted 28/05/2014 at 18:15:03
He should be asking Roberto, politely, if he can stay with us. Memories of Nick Barmby and a career saved come to mind.
Colin Glassar
505 Posted 28/05/2014 at 19:06:59
I agree Keith. He's at a place where he can play and enjoy his football. I still insist that he had agreed to sign in January when we were after another loanee. So, if he was ready to sign in January I think he will sign when he gets back from his hols.
Mark Pierpoint
524 Posted 28/05/2014 at 22:21:03
If it is all about the money, then surely this New York City team would be the best opportunity, aren't they going to be bankrolled by Man City anyway?

I agree with living within your means and all James but what sort of lifestyle must he have become accustomed to to worry about £50,000 or £65,000 a week. He is hardly the playboy footballer after all.

James Marshall
532 Posted 28/05/2014 at 23:20:39
Mark – who knows, and I'm speculating anyway but £50k or £65k is a pretty big difference when you think about it. Moving to New York might not be in his plans either – especially if he has a family to think about.

Last payday can be a weird one for a footballer, given that they have such short careers. It's not like the rest of us at all – washed up at 35ish isn't the same as you or I assuming we're likely to work till we're in our 60s.

Mark Tanton
581 Posted 29/05/2014 at 10:36:48
A decision to go to West Ham would clearly not be a footballing decision, and would disappoint me – how much more money does a footballer need?
Jim Harrison
605 Posted 29/05/2014 at 14:45:14
I could understand Arsenal, one last stab at playing in Europe's top club competition has understandable draw. But West Ham over Everton? He'd have to be bonkers!!

To be fair, he had a great season, but I would prefer to see a younger player brought in, not too young as his experience really showed, but someone who could form a partnership with James McCarthy for seasons to come.

Anto Byrne
858 Posted 31/05/2014 at 06:53:54
Well, if Roberto is building a team for the future, how many 30+ players will we need to replace? Distin, Hibbert, Pienaar, Osman & Howard spring to mind. He must have a plan and knows the players he wants...

Maybe Barry is not part of the new evolution as we move towards ball-playing footballers to fit in with the Martinez ethos of playing it on the ground. It's a team game and players can be replaced. I'm not worried if Barry goes elsewhere because he will be replaced, just as we have not missed Fellaini.

Matt Muzi
942 Posted 31/05/2014 at 18:02:23
All this delay (if he has been released already & not in the coming weeks), makes me think he's mulling over a number of options, which I think will limit our chances of signing him as we're not going to offer him silly money that other clubs may do at his age. Also, if Arsenal are looking at him, the CL competition may be a significant factor for him, but he also has to consider with their existing CM players he's not going to be a first choice player.

It's a difficult one, but the longer it drags on, the more it concerns me. I'd like him to sign but, if he doesn't, I have every confidence in RM to get us ready for next season.

Colin Glassar
945 Posted 31/05/2014 at 19:09:26
I can't see Arsenal going after him as he's even slower, and older, than Arteta and they're trying to get rid of him. Also, Arsenal want Fabregas back so I think it's between us and fat Sam.

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