Marseille rule out Barton swap
Marseille not interested in swapping Mbia for Barton
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: August 18, 2012 11:50am
Joey Barton: QPR midfielder is banned for 12 games and has not been given a squad number
Marseille chairman Vincent Labrune has ruled out a swap deal with QPR between Joey Barton and Stephane Mbia.
The French outfit want to sell the versatile Cameroonian defender and initial talks with QPR regarded a potential €6 million (£4.71m) transfer.
But reports claim the London side proposed a swap deal with out of favour Barton, being keen to pay half of his wages.
However Marseille supremo Labrune has ruled out such a move.
He told L'Equipe: "We are not attracted in a paying loan for Stephane, with an option to buy. So today there is no more talk.
"We are not refusing a departure, but under such conditions we have to look elsewhere."
Barton is banned for the first 12 games of the season and has not been given a squad number by boss Mark Hughes.