Joey Barton: West Ham set to sign former QPR captain

By Ben SmithBBC Sport
Joey Barton
Joey Barton was one of six players released by QPR in June

West Ham are confident of signing former QPR midfielder Joey Barton on a free transfer in the next 48 hours.

The 32-year-old was released by the Hoops in June following their relegation from the Premier League.

The former Newcastle and Manchester City midfielder is expected to have a medical at West Ham within the next 24 hours.

Barton had been linked with a move to Aston Villa before their Premier League opener against Bournemouth on Saturday.

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Barton said in his commentary for BBC Radio 5 live during Villa's 1-0 win over the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium, that he still has the ability to play in the Premier League.

On signing for a new club, he said: "The sooner the better, and judging by this game it won't be long before I get a phone call from somebody.

"The best player might be sitting in the stands this afternoon, even if I do say so myself."

David Gold
David Gold tweeted this about Barton in 2013

West Ham chairman David Gold has previously been critical of Barton.

The 78-year-old said Barton "has a problem and should seek help" after the Liverpool-born player exchanged insults on social mediaexternal-link with former Newcastle, Liverpool and Manchester City player Dietmar Hamann in January 2013.