Marseille yet to make an offer for QPR’s Joey Barton – Mark Hughes
Mark Hughes insists Marseille have not yet made an offer for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton
Mark Hughes has revealed Marseille are yet to make a concrete offer for Joey Barton, but admitted Queens Park Rangers are looking to send the midfielder on loan.
Barton is set to serve a 12-game ban handed out by the FA after he was sent off for clashing with Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany in QPR’s 3-2 defeat by Manchester City in May.
The 29-year-old was training with League Two’s Fleetwood Town before returning to the Loftus Road outfit last week, and Hughes revealed the Hoops are looking to find a temporary deal which suits both player and club.
“Obviously I’ve had discussions on a number of occasions with Joey,” said Hughes.
“The simple fact is, he’s not available for 12 games at the beginning of the season. There was a lot of talk that we were trying to look at our options to circumvent his loan which was completely false. We’d never try to do that.
“Basically, we were trying to look for a good option for Joey and for ourselves. There’s been a number of options which Joey felt weren’t right for him and we felt weren’t right for us as a club.
“We hope there may well be an opportunity to go to another club on loan but that hasn’t developed as yet. But possibly it may well do in the next few days.
“There’s been interest shown by Marseille but no offer has been made. There’s been a few emails sent back and forth but nothing concrete yet.”
Barton was stripped of the QPR captaincy following an internal investigation into the incident at the Etihad Stadium, and Hughes is yet to decide who will succeed the former Newcastle United midfielder as the club’s skipper.
“I’ve got a number of people in mind,” he added.
“We’ve got a good group now. We need more than just one captain, you need a team of captains.
“We’ve got good quality and good leadership in the group now irrespective of who gets the armband, I expect the majority of the team to drive the team from within.
“The captaincy itself will be chosen [on Saturday, before the clash with Swansea].”