Barton keen on Marseille move

Joey Barton
Barton was given a lengthy ban after his role in a melee during QPR's last game of the 2011-12 season at Man City. Photo: PA

QPR midfielder Joey Barton could be on his way to Marseille, Press Association Sport understands.

The 29-year-old's future with the west Londoners has been the subject of much debate this summer after he was stripped of the captaincy and given a 12-match FA ban for his red card and subsequent conduct on the final day of last season at Manchester City.

Barton spent pre-season training with Fleetwood, but would not be able to join npower League Two newboys on loan as it is understood the Football League would refuse to register him while his ban remains.

However, the fact he was not given a squad number by QPR last night has done little to suggest he has a future with the club and Press Association Sport has since learned Marseille are interested in the former Rs skipper.

The Ligue 1 club have yet to table an offer, though, and are thought to be the only club to have expressed an interest in the controversial former Newcastle man.

Barton, perhaps teasingly, wished his Twitter followers "Bonne nuit" - French for "good night" - on the social media network last night.

Earlier, upon finding out his old number 17 shirt was given to summer signing Ryan Nelsen, he posted: "Heard my shirt numbers gone to someone else. News to me..."

"Just come off the golf course so only just heard. A call would of [sic] been nice. Ah, well life goes on..."