Barton transfer talks planned

Hughes confirms midfielder's Marseille move has 'resurfaced'

Joey Barton: The midfielder has set his heart on a move to Marseille

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Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Hughes has confirmed further discussions are set to take place with Marseille over the transfer of Joey Barton.

Sky Sports sources earlier on Tuesday revealed the midfielder's potential move to France was back on after it had seemingly appeared to have collapsed.

And with QPR already understood to be prepared to let Barton leave on a free transfer, Hughes has admitted it has 'resurfaced' and further talks are planned before Friday's deadline.

"There may be some movement in that regard," the QPR boss told Sky Sports News after Tuesday night's Capital One cup win over Walsall.

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"I think there is further discussions that will be made, possibly his people and representatives of our club will get over to France and have discussions and see where we go with it.

"But it's not dead yet. I think at one point everyone thought it was. But it has resurfaced so we will investigate to its conclusion."

Barton is currently serving a 12-game suspension as a result of his sending-off and violent conduct against former club Manchester City on the final day of last season.

He has been stripped of the captaincy and remains without a squad number, while he spent pre-season with Football League new boys Fleetwood Town.

Barton has three years left on his QPR contract and has most recently been training with the club's youngsters.