Warnock waits on Joey deal

Barton, 28, is in the final year of his contract at St James’ Park

and was recently made available for a free transfer after

criticising the club’s recruitment policy via his Twitter account.

It emerged on Wednesday that Barton was in talks with QPR and in

the evening the midfielder tweeted that he was having a medical at

the club. But while the deal seems to be progressing nicely,

Warnock refuted talk that anything has been completed. “I don’t

think you can say that about any deal really until people sign,” he

said. “I am not getting my hopes up one way or another. We’ve made

him a very good offer and I think Joey appreciates that. “Although

I hope Joey doesn’t think we’re going to pay him what some of the

papers said we were going to pay him this morning. “I think you

always want to get them completed as soon as possible. “I would

like to bring in a couple before the weekend and that is what I am

going to try and do.” QPR will receive the results of Barton’s

medical on Thursday morning and the player will see the club doctor

at some point during the day. Warnock is hoping their are no snags

in the deal so that Barton can feature in Saturday’s clash at

Wigan. “I think we’re lucky to be looking at a player like that,”

he said. “It shows how ambitious the chairman (Tony Fernandes) is.

He listened to the players I would like to bring in and Joey was

one of them. “We’ve just got down the line and we hope to bring in

another four or five before next Wednesday night.” He added: “Joey

will be an outstanding player week in, week out. “He is a super

player and I’ve always like him. He knows that. “I tried to sign

him a couple of times, once at Sheffield United.” Earlier in the

morning, Barton’s agent Willie McKay confirmed Warnock’s

long-standing admiration for Barton and said he had been attempting

to sign him since the club won the npower Championship. “After

Queens Park Rangers got promoted Neil Warnock called me and asked

me the situation with Joey and of course, when Joey was rewarded

with a free transfer by Newcastle he came on right away,” McKay

told Sky Sports News. “Joey spoke to (chief executive) Phil Beard

and spoke to (chairman) Tony Fernandes, via phone and liked what he

had to say and I am sure there is going to be a few more signings

for Queens Park Rangers. “Obviously it is a big wrench for Joey [to

leave Newcastle] as he loved it up there and obviously he will miss

all the supporters and all his team-mates. “Time moves on, you just

have to move on. Newcastle have got their plans and Joey has got

his. “Joey is very confident he can do very, very well for Queens

Park Rangers I think he is a top signing for them.”