Willie McKay has joined Neil Warnock in quashing reports that a secret £1.3 million payment was made to the agent in Joey Barton’s transfer to QPR, according to the Independent.
Warnock insisted yesterday that any deals QPR agreed to are now all above board, particularly after the issue they had with Alejandro Faurlin last season.
"I don't know what the figures are because I don't get involved in the financial side. That saves me the hassle,” Warnock said.
“Willie was working for us, Joey had a solicitor or someone working for him to sort out the things like image rights and so on.
"I know we are very careful after the problems last year [when QPR's promotion was in doubt while the FA investigated the transfer of Alejandro Faurlin] to do everything by the book. Whatever we paid was worth it, as we would not have got Joey without Willie."
And McKay has reportedly backed up Warnock’s claims that everything has been done by the book, and the ex-Newcastle midfielder made the move completely legally.
While McKay will have made a substantial profit out of the deal between Newcastle and QPR, he insists that that is part of the business of being an agent.
"People out there charge a percentage of profit, and we do the same," McKay, who has garnered many deals at Newcastle in the past, said.