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Aston Villa Prepared To Offer Joey Barton QPR Escape Route

Lambert weighs up bid for controversial midfielder.

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Joey Barton is considering requesting a transfer from Queens Park Rangers after being fined and stripped of the captaincy by the club, with Aston Villa ready to offer the midfielder an escape route from Loftus Road.

The Liverpool-born star was sent off after kicking out at both Carlos Tevez and Sergio Augero in QPR’s dramatic 2-1 loss at the Etihad.

Barton has publicly accepted his punishment – a fine of six weeks’ wages plus the loss of the captaincy, which comes on top of a 12 game ban by the FA – but privately feels the club have not offered him enough support.

The 29-year-old is an avid user of social networking site twitter and sources close to the player suggest that he will consider airing his views online if showdown talks with Hoops’ boss Mark Hughes and owner Tony Fernandes do not resolve the issue.

It is also understood that Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert will consider offering Barton a route out of Loftus Road if he becomes available.

Lambert is keen to add experience and steel into an Aston Villa side that finished a woeful 17th last season and believes he can tame Barton’s fiery character.

The former Man City and Newcastle player returned from holiday today and is expected to immediately seek talks with QPR’s hierarchy.

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