If this is true, then somebody has worked a miracle! Nolan was my call for Player of the Year last season because of his 11 goals and 7 assists in the Prem for newly promoted Newcastle, and if he is wearing Claret & Blue next season, I suspect quite a few of the Parker acolytes will suddenly find themselves, reluctantly, agreeing with me.
Barton has twittered his fury at the deal and predicted an exodus from Newcastle. Who knows, he could be headed for Upton Park next season too.
I'm still not ready to believe it personally. This feels very much like when Sky Sports announced that Tevez and Mascherano were joining West Ham. I sat watching for the next 30 minutes expecting a correction - apologies we meant Tottenham Hotspurs.
I was underwhelmed by the signing of Faye. If we recruit Nolan I will be over the bloody moon. If this is Sam Pot's doing, then perhaps we can say "Stuff ethics" after all!