Agent: 'Joey Barton wants to join Marseille'

Dirk Kuyt and Joey Barton
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Joey Barton's agent confirms that the Queens Park Rangers midfielder wants to join Marseille on loan.

The agent of Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has confirmed that the player would like to join Marseille on loan.

The 29-year-old has been linked with a move away from Loftus Road in the fall-out from last season's meltdown against Manchester City.

Barton received a 12-match ban after being sent off at the Etihad Stadium, a sanction which looks likely to be enforced by Ligue 1.

The former Newcastle United and Manchester City player has been training with League Two side Fleetwood Town ahead of the new season, while also being overlooked for a shirt number with the Hoops.

"Joey wants to play in Marseille this season," Willie McKay, Barton's agent, told French radio station RMC. "We are negotiating, but nothing is done for now.

"I don't want to comment more with respect for [general manager] Jose Anigo and the president Vincent Labrune."

Barton joined QPR on a free transfer last summer.

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