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Barton wants Ashley to splash the cash

Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton has urged club owner Mike Ashley to spend the £35million accrued from selling Andy Carroll to enable them to challenge for a European spot.

Alan Pardew's side moved up to ninth spot in the Premier League thanks to Tuesday's 2-0 victory at Birmingham. But Barton believes the Magpies need to add another half a dozen top-quality players to the squad if they are to become a major force and that Carroll's sale could be the golden ticket that lets them do that in the summer.

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