Barton expected to move to Newcastle this week
Joey Barton's move from Manchester City to Newcastle is expected to be concluded
The midfielder is costing the Magpies 8 million euros.
The 24 year old's being kicked out of Eastlands after an alleged training ground assault on a team-mate.
Meanwhile, Alex McLeish is hoping to convince Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor to turn his back on England and play for Scotland instead.
Agbonlahor has a Scottish mother and Nigerian father and has already played three times for England's Under 21's.
The 20 year old has fallen out with Under 21 boss Stuart Pearce and McLeish is hoping this may pave the way for a defection to Scotland.