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Bolton end pursuit of Newcastle's Barton

Bolton Wanderers manager Gary Megson has ended his interest in Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton.

Last week Megson tabled a £2 million bid for the combative and controversial 26-year-old, who is currently sidelined with a knee ligament injury, but the St James' Park club rejected the offer.

The snub from Newcastle appears to have been enough to dissuade Megson from making an improved bid.

''We move on,'' said Megson on Monday. ''Joey is a good player and a former England international.

''But he has certainly had his problems. There is an amount we would go to and that's it. We would not go any further.''

Despite Megson's reservations other clubs have shown an interest in Barton, most notably Portsmouth, a club managed by Tony Adams, the man who set-up the Sporting Chance clinic which Barton has attended.

Meanwhile, Megson's problems are mounting ahead of the meeting with Manchester United on Saturday.

Gavin McCann broke a toe in the defeat by Arsenal at the weekend while Johan Elmander (hamstring) and Nicky Hunt (foot) are also receiving treatment for injuries.

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