Allardyce wants to take QPR midfielder Barton to West Ham

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is plotting a move to reunite former Newcastle team-mates Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan with QPR midfielder Joey Barton, according to The Mirror.

Allardyce is still looking to further strengthen his side this summer following the arrivals of Adrian, Andy Carroll, Razvan Rat and Danny Whitehead, and Joey Barton is said to be keen to move across London to reunite with his former Toon Army team-mates.

Allardyce was the man who signed Barton for Newcastle in 2007, with the former England international ironically rejecting West Ham for the opportunity to play under Big Sam. However, should the move fail to materialise Barton is now believed to be happy to stay at relegated QPR as he is enjoying working with former England manager Steve McClaren.

He had earlier stated that he would not play in the Championship following a successful loan spell in France with Marseille.

Barton, Nolan and Carroll were all praised for their efforts in getting Newcastle back into the Premier League following their relegation in 2008, and Allardyce sees the chance to reunite the trio as something that would give his Hammers side some additional fire in the new season.

The Hammers play their first away game, in another twist of irony, at Newcastle.

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