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Magpies in turmoil over Nolan sale

NEWCASTLE UNITED'S decision to agree a transfer fee yesterday with relegated West Ham for captain Kevin Nolan has been met with fury inside the Magpies dressing-room.

Joey Barton revealed he was "devastated" and felt "sickened" by Newcastle's decision to sell the midfielder and indicated that he could be next to leave, along with Jose Enrique and Jonas Gutierrez.

Newcastle are refusing to offer Barton a new deal, while Spanish left-back Enrique (25), won't sign an extension to his contract and has attracted interest from Liverpool.

Newcastle's decision to sell Nolan follows the collapse of negotiations over an extension to his contract, which had two more years to run.

Nolan, who will be 29 next week, wanted another three years to be added on, but Newcastle would only offer a two-year extension, with a performance-related pay deal.

The Magpies still have the bulk of the £35m they received from Liverpool for Andy Carroll in January, but are insisting they will not be held to ransom by a player in his late 20s.

The signing of Nolan, who is keen to be reunited with manager Sam Allardyce, would represent a major coup for West Ham, who have agreed a fee of £4.1m and are offering wages of £55,000 a week -- a rise of £13,000 on his deal at Newcastle.

Nolan has still to agree personal terms, but West Ham are confident the transfer will be completed today.

Meanwhile, Cardiff have turned their attentions to Watford's Malky Mackay after Alan Shearer's decision to turn down the manager's job there.

On the doemestic scene, the PFAI will not represent either player in the League of Ireland racism dispute.

Derry City striker Eamon Zayed has accused a Shamrock Rovers player of racially abusing him during Monday's 1-1 draw in Tallaght, but the unnamed player has denied the allegation.

Both players contacted the union, who issued a statement yesterday advising that "as both players are members of the association and have conflicting recollections of the events in question, it would not be appropriate for the association to represent either party."

Irish Independent