Barton Deal Finally Done – Newcastle Pay The Extra £300K

Manchester City have confirmed the sale of Joey Barton to Newcastle United in a £5.8M deal.
Since the initial deal was for £5.5M it certainly looks like Newcastle paid the extra £300K to allow Manchester City to pay Barton that amount – which was the payment he said the club owed him.


Joey Barton

Newcastle apparently made the improved offer today and City agreed to the sale of their attacking midfielder.
A statement on the Manchester club’s official website stated the following:

“Manchester City can confirm that Joey Barton has been sold to Newcastle United for a fee of £5.8M,”
“The 24-year-old asked for permission to speak with Newcastle last week after both The Magpies and West Ham submitted bids of £5.5M or more for the player.
“Newcastle followed their initial bid up with an improved £5.8million offer today, which has been accepted by The Blues.”

This is Allalrdyce’s second signing completed – to go with the free transfer of Mark Viduka last week. We are surmising Newcastle paid the extra £300K to wrap up the deal – and it shows some good will on Newcastle’s side to Barton – and that’s before he even arrives.

We don’t know officially what the PFA recommended – they were looking into the problem between Barton and Manchester City over the payment – and at least they seemed to have brought about an early resolution.

We have only one thing to say – Joey had better behave himself at the Toon.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Soren

    Jun 14, 2007 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #1

    Great. He’ll be good at Newcastle. I think he has learned his lesson, after the dabo “accident”. Also just saw Ben Haim has signed for Chelski 🙁
    anyway GO BARTON!

  • Ed Harrison

    Jun 14, 2007 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Soren – we would have been walking 2″ off the ground if Ben Haim had also signed for us today. Anyway – onward and upward.

  • dean

    Jun 14, 2007 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Joey Barton and Mark Viduka for less than we sold Parker for is amazing business, especially as Darren Bent is going to West Ham for £16m.

    Ben Haim will not get a game next season and will be begging Big Sam to take him in January.

    Barton is the box to box Rob Lee replacement we have been searching for, for a couple of years now, tough tackler, scores goals and box to box, awesome signing.

  • LewDavies

    Jun 14, 2007 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #4

    Maybe the club will recoup the 300k in club fines!!!!!
    Hope not though.

  • GraemeR

    Jun 14, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #5

    Absolutley disgusted if we have paid the extra – the blokes a thug and now money grabbing. Hardly the sort of player we should rejoice at – with his reputation, how many players may have second thoughts of joining us if they know they may wake with the thug beating the living daylights out of them.

    Makes Boywer look like a choir boy!!! WTF have we done?

  • Ian

    Jun 14, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Hopefully the £300K allowed us to put a few clauses into Barton’s contract. And not the sort of “you canleave at half price if you want to” clauses we’re used to – something about good behaviour. Let’s hope the contract was negotiated by Ashley rather than Shepherd.


  • LewDavies

    Jun 14, 2007 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Ian – we always get stiffed by these clauses, yet never get to use them ourselves. The players and their agents are now more powerful than the clubs. Football is rapidly becoming a joke.

  • Ben

    Jun 14, 2007 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #8

    did you say rapidly….it is a joke…..all about the money…..barton will be a good signing…graemeR … thinkif you were barton…would you like to wake up to big Sam ……. big Sam will help him as a player and a person……he’ll get the best out of him on the pitch and calm him down off it …. well i hope he can annnywaay….

  • The Big P

    Jun 14, 2007 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Okay great, Viduka is in and Barton. I hope that there is not a continuation of one of Newcastles key problems from the past seasons, when we celebrated bringing in midfielders and strikers, but as the window closed the very dubious defence was left wanting. Defenders, defenders, defenders.

    I know it is still early in the transfer window, and Alleydice is saying ‘we must not panick’ but I would rather he panicked now than panick 5 days before the window closes.

  • Kyle

    Jun 14, 2007 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #10

    Good piece of business for the manager. I think Barton will come in and be an immediate contributor and also clean up his act. Big Sam is a tough guy, but not in the same sense that many thought Graeme was a tough guy. Sam can be tough AND demand respect at the same time.

    Now, let’s go grab ourselves a few quality defenders.

  • Lull

    Jun 15, 2007 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #11

    Relax lads,we just got ourself a good signing.Btw,about Barton past dubious acts,don’t make an early conclusion that he will have a relapse.Rejoice!!!


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