QPR midfielder had been keen to join boyhood club.
Joey Barton has been hit by the news that his boyhood club, Everton, have ruled out making a move for his signature according to the Liverpool Echo.
Barton has just returned from a successful spell out on loan at French side Marseille but the Ligue 1 side were unable to sign Barton on a permanent deal due to the state of their finances.
That has forced Barton into returning to Loftus Road though it seems both club and player would be keen for him to move on.
Barton was told he was surplus to requirements at the club after receiving a lengthy suspension for lashing out at Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Vincent Kompany in the last game of the season against Manchester City two years ago.
That proved to be the last straw for former QPR boss Mark Hughes, who had previously made Barton captain.
The club struggled in his absence however, as they ended up being relegated from the Premier League.
QPR are now preparing for life in the Championship, involving getting rid of a number of high profile names.
Reports were suggesting that Barton would be willing to take a 50% pay cut to join Everton and that Roberto Martinez was considering making an offer.
But that has now been denied by the club, with the Toffees seemingly preferring to concentrate on securing the signing of James McCarthy from Wigan.