Toon Learn From Woodgate Sham

Last updated : 07 June 2007 By Footy Mad - Editor

Joey Barton has given his word to Newcastle that he will sign after "being made to feel wanted".

The 24-year-old Manchester City midfielder is expected to complete a £5.5million move to St James' Park today once the remaining administrative details are finalised.

Barton had a meeting with Sam Allardyce, Freddy Shepherd and Mike Ashley yesterday, and unlike the Woodgate situation, the player walked away happy.

Barton: "I have given my word to Newcastle United and that is where I hope I will be going.

"Everybody knows they are a club of great history and tradition - and that is great - but what has also been great for me is that they have pushed the boat out for me, and both Freddy Shepherd and Sam Allardyce have made me feel so wanted.

"I am not proud of some of the things I have done and know I have brought a lot of my problems on myself. But I want to be a winner, not only for myself, but for the fans.

"I have heard it said that footballers are all about flash cars and expensive watches, but for me, it is all about winning medals and it hurts me that I haven't any."

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