Barton approaches Everton and offers to halve his pay for Toffees move

Joey Barton – a childhood Everton supporter – has approach Roberto Martinez about moving to Goodison Park this summer, the Daily Mirror has reported, with the Queens Park Rangers midfielder willing to halve his wages to push through the transfer.

Barton spent last season on loan with Marseille but his salary of £70,000 per week has thus far proved a stumbling block in any chance of making a permanent move to Ligue 1. There had been talk of QPR releasing Barton with a large pay-off but that appears unlikely to happen, frustrating any chance of Barton moving to Marseille on a full-time basis.

Liverpool-born Barton wants to move to Everton, though, and is not only willing to take a massive drop in pay to make the switch happen, he will train with Everton in a bid to prove his fitness, with Martinez not against the proposal.

Barton was previously a target of David Moyes, Martinez’s predecessor, but a lack of funds meant Moyes could not make the interest concrete. Martinez is still said to be looking for new faces despite making four additions to the squad already this summer, and a cut-price move for Barton could be in the offing.

It is over a year since Barton last played for QPR, when he was sent off against Manchester City on the final day of the 2011/12 season, and despite respecting Harry Redknapp, it is considered a departure from QPR is best for all concerned.

Barton started his career at Manchester City before moving to Newcastle United, later joining QPR on a free transfer.

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