Barton yet to agree permanent Marseille move

Joey Barton has not yet decided to move permanently to Marseille, where he spent the whole of last season on loan, Sky Sports has reported, with the French club claiming that it ‘all depends’ on the 30-year-old terminating his contract with Queens Park Rangers.

Barton is set to leave Loftus Road this summer and after he made 33 appearances last season, helping Marseille to second place, Elie Baup’s side are keen on making the move permanent. However, according to Barton’s agent, Willy McKay, meeting the midfielder’s wage demands have proved difficult for Marseille.

There have been rumours in recent days that Barton would be willing to take a wage cut to join Everton, the club he supports, which further complicates the deal. And Marseille sporting director, Jose Anigo, has insisted that nothing has changed from their perspective since the proposal to sign Barton was put forward.

He said: “Everton? I didn’t know anything. But it is possible his agent, who works in the English market, could have contact with Everton. We have been very clear with Joey. It is up to him to make the decision.

Anigo added: “Barton? We made him a proposition, but he has to cancel his contract with QPR. It all depends on him.

Former Manchester City and Newcastle United man Barton has not played for QPR since receiving a 12-match ban after being sent off against City in May 2012.

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