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Shirts off if you love the Toon?  Will he put this one on ever again?
Shirts off if you love the Toon? Will he put this one on ever again?

There are seven days left in the transfer window, which means things are about to ramp up even more.  Don't believe anything you read, unless it's on Joey Barton's Twitter feed.  We've got a preview of the Carling Cup tie with Scunthorpe coming up later today, plus a review of the week's Premier League action.

Newcastle give Joey Barton permission to hold talks with QPR | MirrorFootball.co.uk
I had hoped that Joey and the club had worked out their differences. What do you figure the odds are that he actually leaves?

Newcastle still to agree fee for Erik Pieters | ChronicleLive
I still can't believe they're fighting over the difference between £4M and £6M. This bit of news makes me more pessimistic about the club than anything.

More after the jump.

Charlton report Newcastle over Rob Elliot approach | JournalLive
I'm sure you've heard this story by now, but it's worth revisiting if you want to laugh at the state of the club. Being reported to the Premier League by a League One side? Offering £100,000 for a player and then dropping interest when that price is rejected? Wow.

Newcastle reported to Fifa over interest in Modibo Maiga | BBC Sport
Newcastle apparently sucks at following the transfer rules. Meanwhile, Maiga is doing everything he can to get out of there.

Steve Harper back in frame for Scunthorpe | ChronicleLive
Steve Harper, Sylvain Marveaux, and Dan Gosling could all feature against Scunthorpe on Thursday.

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-0 Sunderland (aet) | The Guardian
Kazenga Lualua didn't come in until the 88th minute, but he was on the pitch for the goal, so I'm going to pretend that Newcastle just beat Sunderland all over again.