Newcastle and West Ham have agreed to meet Manchester City’s £5.5million release clause in Joey Barton’s contract and have been given permission to discuss terms with the controversial midfielder.

“We can confirm that Joey Barton has requested permission to speak to two clubs,” read a City statement.

“Newcastle and West Ham have submitted bids of £5.5million or more for the player’s services.”

Barton looks set to leave City following his training ground bust-up with team-mate Ousmane Dabo.

Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce is set to hold talks with Barton on Tuesday as he looks to make his first signing since taking over at St James’ Park.

Barton is also expected to open discussions with West Ham chief Alan Curbishley after they agreed a fee with City.