Barton doubts Marseille move

QPR midfielder back training with the youngsters

Joey Barton: Queens Park Rangers midfielder now looks unlikely to join Marseille

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Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton doubts a move to Marseille is now going to happen before the close of the transfer window.

Barton is currently serving a 12-game suspension as a result of his sending-off against former club Manchester City on the final day of last season and has no long-term future at Loftus Road.

He has been stripped of the captaincy, not been given a squad number and recently trained with Football League new boys Fleetwood Town.

A move to French giants Marseille had been mooted and Barton had initially been keen on exploring the option of a switch to Stade Velodrome.

However, the 29-year-old is now back training with QPR's youngsters after expressing his disappointment that a deal with Marseille looks unlikely.

Barton wrote on Twitter: "Doesn't look like this Marseille thing is gonna happen now. 'Whatever doesn't kill you make you stronger' #heartbroken"

Sky Sports revealed on Monday that QPR are ready to offer Barton, who has three years left on his contract, a free transfer in order to facilitate a move.

It now remains to be seen whether a deal will materialise for Barton, who scored three goals in 31 Premier League appearances last season after joining QPR from Newcastle United.