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Barton still undecided

Image: Barton: Has held talks with QPR but is yet to decide if a deal can be done

Joey Barton is close to completing a medical at QPR but admits he has not yet made up his mind where his future will lie.

Magpies midfielder admits no deal in place with QPR as yet

Joey Barton is close to completing a medical at Queens Park Rangers but admits he has not yet made up his mind where his future will lie. The midfielder has fallen under the spotlight this summer after it emerged that Newcastle would not be offering him a contract extension. With his current deal set to expire in 2012, it was expected that he would be moved on. Barton, though, has maintained that he is happy at St James' Park and has no desire to leave. He has started the season in Alan Pardew's plans, but Newcastle have refused to waver in their stance regarding a new deal. With Barton still up for grabs, QPR boss Neil Warnock has made a move to take the 28-year-old to Loftus Road.

Ambition

The one-cap England international is currently down in the capital for talks and physical examinations, but claims no agreement has been put in place as yet. "The latest is that we are completing the final stages of the medical, so we can get that over and done with and see where we are at," Barton told Sky Sports News HD. "I've not made a final decision yet but, having spoken to the club, it's a club with ambition and I had to come down and hear what they had to say and go through the formalities of the medical side of it just in case something does happen." Asked if he expected a transfer to be pushed through, Barton added: "I'm not sure. There are still a number of things to be sorted out. "It's process that you have to take step by step and that's the stage we are at at the moment."

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