Tweet-aholic keen on Ligue 1 move.
QPR midfielder Joey Barton is keen on making a move to Marseille according to his agent, Willie McKay.
The midfielder, who is one game into a 12-match ban for his conduct at Manchester City, is set to be loaned out by the R’s and it appears a move to the south of France is likely.
“Joey Barton wants to play for OM next season,” McKay told RMC.
“We’re in negotiations, but nothing is finished at the moment.
“I don’t want to make any more comments on the negotiations out of respect to Jose Anigo [Marseille sporting director] and Vincent Labrune [Marseille president].”
It’s almost creepy hearing someone else speak for Joey Barton. The QPR midfielder is so fond of the sound of his own voice/tweets, that it is a genuine surprise that he didn’t fire his agent a while ago and start conducting his business entirely through the medium of twitter.
The Hoops may have missed some of Barton’s tenacity during their 5-0 home drubbing against Swansea on Saturday but it’ll be relief for boss Mark Hughes to have the combative ex-Manchester City star out of sight and out of mind.
The 29-year-old is more trouble than he’s worth and we’re assuming that the above mentioned Marseille president Vincent Labrune neither has twitter nor has followed Barton’s chequered career over the past five or six years.
But if the Liverpudlian can follow in Joe Cole’s footsteps, he could rebuild his career in Ligue 1. Cole became a fans favourite on loan at Lille last season with a series of decent, hard-working performances, to the extent that there was even suggestion he could be a surprise inclusion in England’s Euro 2012 squad.
If Barton can get his down and concentrate on football, something he professes to be keen to do, there is no reason why he can’t help Marseilles – who finished a disappointing midtable last season – start climbing the French league and pushing for honours.
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