Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton's proposed move to QPR is far from a done deal according to Hoops boss Neil Warnock.
The 28-year-old was in west London yesterday to reportedly undergo a medical and discuss personal terms, and although from the outside the deal seems to be progressing nicely - Warnock played down recent developments.
"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."
Barton is in the final year of his contract at St James' Park and was recently made available for a free transfer after criticising Newcastle's recruitment policy via his Twitter account.
Despite Magpies boss Alan Pardew seemingly trying to draw a line under proceedings and give Barton a fresh start - he was involved in yet more controversy in Newcastle's opening Barclays Premier League encounter with Arsenal, at the centre of the row which ended in a red card for Gunners debutant Gervinho.
It appears that Newcastle have finally lost patience with Barton and are looking to offload him before the transfer window closes next week.
"I think you always want to get them completed as soon as possible," Warnock concluded. "I would like to bring in a couple before the weekend and that is what I am going to try and do."