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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 June 2007, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK
Barton has medical at Newcastle
By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer

Joey Barton
Barton is at the centre of a battle between Newcastle and West Ham
Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton has had a medical at Newcastle after the two clubs agreed a 5.5m deal.

West Ham have also had an offer accepted and been given permission to talk to the 24-year-old.

But Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce is hopeful of stealing a march on his West Ham counterpart Alan Curbishley.

Barton, on his way out at City after an alleged training ground assault on team-mate Ousmane Dabo, may also meet Hammers officials.

A statement on the City website revealed: "We can confirm that Joey Barton has requested permission to speak to two clubs.

"Newcastle and West Ham have submitted bids of 5.5m or more for the player's services."

606: DEBATE

West Ham are still hoping to get the chance to speak to Barton as Curbishley embarks on a massive summer spending spree.

He is close to signing Newcastle captain Scott Parker and has also been linked with a 13m move for Everton's England striker Andrew Johnson.



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