Midfielder may be sent on loan, as Hoops’ seek ban loophole. QPR midfielder Joey Barton has confirmed that ‘several European club and a lot of Championship clubs’ are interested in signing him on loan.
The Rs are reportedly considering sending Barton on loan as they seek to speed up the serving of his 12-match ban.
Barton was suspended after being sent off for clashing violently with Sergio Augero and Vincent Kompany in the final match of last season.
But FA rules allow Rangers to apply for Barton to serve the ban at another club and he would complete the sentence far more quickly in the Football League.
Championship clubs are due to play their 12th league game on the midweek of 23 and 24 October, plus potentially feature in three League Cup ties and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy matches.
QPR, by contrast, are not schedule to play their 12th league game until 17 November, although they too could feature in three League Cup ties before then.
And Barton confirmed that a loan move is a possibility, claiming there is significant interest in his signature.
“The possibility of a loan move has been mentioned, where there’s been interest from several European clubs and a lot of Championship clubs too, as you may expect,” the twitter addict told his personal website.
Barton has been left out of the QPR squad for the club’s pre-season tour of Malaysia and is currently training with League Two Fleetwood Town to keep up his fitness. He admitted that he hopes the experience can help him reignite his passion for football.
“I have become a little disenchanted with the game in the last 6 months after what I have put myself through and I desperately want to fall back in love with the game,” explained the 29-year-old.
“I feel that training in the lower leagues will give me a reality check and maybe help me become a better person, a little more humility will serve me well. The lower leagues is where the hunger for the game is at its greatest, at least where players are concerned.
“I want to re-ignite that passion for the game, something that I ordinarily have an abundance of. No monetary bullsh*t. No media boll*cks (though apparently there still is!). No prima donnas. Just pure, old school, mortgage/livelihoods on the line, balls-out football.
“It’ll help me appreciate all that the Premier league offers me now and in the future.
“What else can I do? Work hard, fall back in love with the game and keep my fingers crossed that I can once again earn my place in a QPR shirt.”
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