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Last Updated: Wednesday, 13 June 2007, 07:08 GMT 08:08 UK
Man City hit back in Barton row
Joey Barton
Barton is still waiting to complete his move to St James' Park
Manchester City have hit back at Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce in the cash row over Joey Barton's proposed 5.5m move to St James' Park.

Allardyce said he was "flabbergasted" that the deal had stalled over City's refusal to pay 300,000 allegedly owed to Barton as part of the move.

City spokesman Paul Tyrrell said: "It is disappointing that Sam Allardyce has chosen to make these claims public.

"At no time have we divulged the details of Joey's contract."

Tyrrell added: "Sadly this is now in the public domain through no fault of Manchester City."

The Professional Footballers' Association is now intervening in the wrangle.

"I've spoken to City's chief executive Alistair Mackintosh, Joey and his agent and I intend talking to Sam," said PFA official Mick McGuire.

"We're looking for an amicable conclusion," he added.

Barton, 24, is contractually entitled to the pay-off if he leaves the club without requesting a transfer, but City are refusing to give him the money because they say he was not forced to leave.

Allardyce is angry with City for the hold-up and said: "They're out of order. I'm flabbergasted and want the situation resolved.


"I cannot understand it because City didn't pay anything for this player as he came through the youth system and they are selling him for over 5m.

"All I know is that this is a matter for Joey to sort out and I hope it is resolved as it has stopped him putting pen to paper."

West Ham also agreed a fee with City for the England midfielder but after meeting Newcastle officials last month, Barton decided to move to St James' Park.

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