Barton joins Newcastle
Barton signs for Magpies
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Thursday, 14, Jun 2007 07:49
Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton is "delighted" to have sealed a £5.8 million transfer to Newcastle United.
The mercurial talent's five-year move to the Magpies had hit a stumbling block last week over City's refusal to pay the £300,000 that was believed to have been owed to the 24-year-old international.
But the move was accepted after Newcastle increased their bid to £5.8 million, ahead of the £5.5 million they and West Ham tabled last week.
Barton said he had been motivated to join the long-underachieving north-east club because of the "desire and ambition to succeed" of its fans, players and coaching staff.
He said his choice had also been influenced by new manager Sam Allardyce, who replaced Glenn Roeder at the end of last season.
"I have always admired Sam from afar. The job he did at Bolton was just phenomenal," he said.
Allardyce also expressed his enthusiasm about Barton's arrival at the club as he looks to reverse its fortunes, describing it as a "great coup" to have secured such an "outstanding talent".
For all Barton's quality on the pitch, the tenacious Huyton-born midfielder has enjoyed his fair share of controversy off it.
In 2004, he hit the headlines after stubbing a lit cigar into the eye of young academy player Jamie Tandy at a Christmas party.
More recently, Barton's image was further tarnished by allegations he had been involved in a training ground spat with City colleague Ousmane Dabo, for which he has been bailed until July 11th pending further enquiries.