Joey Barton’s Loan Move From QPR To Marseille Is Back On, Says Agent

Agent says loan could still happen, despite player’s tweet.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton could still join Marseille on loan, according to his agent Willie Mackay.

Barton had earlier tweeted: “Doesn’t look like this Marseille thing is going to happen now.”

But Mackay says a swap deal involving Barton and Marseille defender Stephane Mbia could be completed as soon as Wednesday.

“I think you will find that maybe a deal will happen tomorrow with Joey flying out to Marseille and Stephane Mbia will arrive at QPR,” he told the BBC.

Social network-addict Barton had earlier revealed via twitter that Hoops boss Mark Hughes had lost faith in him, stressing that he wanted to move to the Ligue 1 club.

“Hopefully QPR and Marseille can finalise the deal in the next few days,” the former Manchester City and Newcastle player said. “My heart is already in the Velodrome.”

The 29-year-old Liverpudlian has endured a turbulent summer, which has seen him stripped of the club captaincy and excluded form the R’s pre-season tour of Malaysia – during which time he trained with League Two Fleetwood Town.

It follows Barton’s sending off on the final day of last season and subsequent 12-match ban (now 10), for a violent attack on Man City trio Carlos Tevez, Sergio Augero and Vincent Kompany.

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