Date: 14th June 2007 at 5:55pm
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Finally the wrangling over the Joey Barton deal is over and we can get on planning and executing our next stage of summer spending. City have revealed we ended up paying £5.8m for the midfielder, meaning we subsidised the £300k loyalty pay off to the player. Bit of a round about way of doing it but what the hell.

Meanwhile Ben Haim has completed his move to the Rentboys. Rumours he’s already applied for Lay-z-Boy recliner by the bench are totally unfounded.