Manchester City have confirmed the sale of Joey Barton to Newcastle United in a Â£5.8M deal.
Since the initial deal was for Â£5.5M it certainly looks like Newcastle paid the extra Â£300K to allow Manchester City to pay Barton that amount – which was the payment he said the club owed him.
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 Â£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 Â£5.5M or more for the player.
“Newcastle followed their initial bid up with an improved Â£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 Â£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.