Premier League - Paper Round: Barton deal anything but 'free'

Wed, 14 Sep 08:54:00 2011

When Newcastle said they were allowing Joey Barton to leave on a free transfer it seemed odd that more clubs weren't willing to take a punt on the new QPR captain.

Queens Park Rangers' Joey Barton - 0

The reason for this might be found in The Sun this morning, which shows that Barton's 'free' transfer was anything but - with Rangers having reportedly been forced to pay out £2.5 million to agents alone to secure the midfield man's services.

Barton's agent Willie McKay apparently pocketed a cool £1.3m from the transfer, despite actually representing the club in the deal, while the Sun also claims that "more mystery surrounds a reported second payment of more than £1.2m which was apparently made to a company brought in to represent Barton".

On top of that, it is believed that Barton negotiated a four-year deal comprising a £1.5m signing-on fee, £40,000 a week in wages plus a £250,000 end-of-season bonus if QPR stay up.

McKay did not deny the story when contacted by The Sun, saying: "There's a lot of people act for Joey, you know. He has a lot of people acting for him."

QPR's chief executive Peter Beard told the paper that they were way off on their figures before adding: "I am not going to confirm any of the club's private transactions."

Elsewhere, the Daily Mail claims that "Arsenal used Tuesday night's Champions League clash against Borussia Dortmund to run the rule over wonderkid Mario Goetze".

Arsene Wenger reportedly made an enquiry about Goetze during the transfer window, with the Bundesliga giants already rating the 19-year-old German star in the £35m bracket.

Paper Round doesn't want to sound too cynical here... but do you not think Arsenal might have just been in Dortmund to play a Champions League match?

Bolton boss Owen Coyle has flown in Chilean right-back Stefano Magnasco for talks according to the Mirror, but faces a fight with German heavyweights Bayer Leverkusen for his signature. Magnasco is only 18 and plays for Universidad Catolica in Chile's Primera Division.

Steve Kean faces another uncomfortable afternoon as Blackburn boss on Saturday, with 1,000 fans set to hold a march calling for his dismissal before their game against Arsenal. (Daily Mirror)

Back at QPR and forward Adel Taarabt wants a new contract to put him in line with the club’s top earners, even though he has just been stripped of the club captaincy. (Daily Mail)

In the Championship, West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has given trials to Australia winger David Carney and Brazilian midfielder Juca.

Carney, who played for the Socceroos at last summer's World Cup finals, is training with the club after leaving Blackpool earlier this year. Juca, a 31-year-old defensive midfielder, was with Spain's Deportivo La Coruna until last season and is available as a free agent. (The Sun)

Sunderland defender Phil Bardsley will be hit with a four-match ban for stamping on Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata, according to the Daily Mail.

And finally, there are Sir Alex Ferguson quotes across the papers comparing Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney with Pele.

"The boy has great courage, wants to play all the time and has incredible stamina," said Ferguson.

"These are added extras to the talent he has. In terms of a Brazilian, you'd say Pele. He was a very aggressive attacker also who could look after himself, so can Rooney. They have similarities that way: strength, speed, determination, but he's white, completely white."

QPR v Newcastle


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