There is news that Joey Barton has been in Newcastle for the last couple of days working out a deal with Newcastle and this afternoon underwent a medical.
Although we still have competition from West Ham we expect Joey to be a Newcastle player before the end of the week. It is still rather unusual for a player to undergo a medical while he still has to talk to another club – we find that rather odd.
Sam Allardyce – Negotiating Deals
Joey Barton was on Tyneside the last two days and has had discussions with Sam Allardyce on joining Newcastle and news is that the 24 year old has undergone a medical at St. Jamesâ€™. It would be good if we could tie up the deal right now but Joey has an agreement to travel to London to meet with Alan Curbishley. It is rumored he will be offered â‚¤60,000/week by West Ham.
However we understand that is about what Scott Parker was on at Newcastle â€“ and also Joeyâ€™s first choice is Newcastle â€“ so we must be in with a good chance with Barton. It will be a disappointment now if we donâ€™t get him. Manchester City issued the following statement on the matter:
“We can confirm that Joey Barton has requested permission to speak to two clubs.
“Newcastle and West Ham have submitted bids of Â£5.5million or more for the player’s services.”
Mark Viduka the Aussie striker has now officially agreed in principle to join Newcastle United. There are still rumors making the rounds that Birmingham would like to sign him â€“ but we think Markâ€™s in the bag and will be a good signing for us. So after trying to sign Mark at least two times before – it’s third time lucky for us.
David Rosehnal has expressed his desire to play for Newcastle United and we think this one is all but in the bag also. David played center back for the Czech Republic on Saturday against Wales with Sam Allardyce in attendance. David has been very good for PSG these last two years and Newcastle upped the price offered to PSG byâ‚¤1M to â‚¤3.3M to get Borussia Dortmund out of the race. We will be able to offer David good terms also â€“ so we expect the 6â€™3â€ Czech to be arriving soon. This is what his spokesman Eliot Vantil told BBC Sports today:
“David would love to play for Newcastle,” “He knows manager Sam Allardyce was also a centre-back and believes he can learn from him.”
“Allardyce was keen to sign David back in January for Bolton and I know he came to watch him play against Wales.
“David has played for one great club, PSG, but would love to come to the Premiership and play for another.
“PSG are holding out for the right offer for their player.”
If we had to offer you an opinion – we’d say all three will be at Newcastle soon.
Then we need to get Ben Tal Haim and Leighton Baines tied up – and we’ll really be on our way.