"I told him 'Joey, you must sign for Newcastle United'. And that this was too good an opportunity for him to miss.
"I was only there for a short time, but I found it to be a great club with great supporters.
"And I told Joey that he could win some things with them in the next few seasons.
"So this is a good deal for Joey but it is also a good deal for Newcastle as he is a fantastic player.
"I know that certain things have happened, but I think that when Joey does arrive at Newcastle they will find that he has matured a lot."