Russian and Turkish giants interested in... Joey Barton

QPR outcast and former Newcastle man Joey Barton has attracted the attention of two of Europe's most ambitious sides.

Joey Barton ensures he rarely stays out of the headlines, but this time they have found him.

His on pitch performances for Marseille have attracted the attention of some of Europe's top clubs, according to reports in France.

It is claimed that Barton has offers from both Galatasaray and Anzhi Machachkala.

Quite how he would settle in Turkey or Russia is anybody's guess, but comedy accents aside, he has yet to cause any major ructions in France, so he'd be wrong to rule it out.

In football terms, it could be a good step to either club. Galatasaray are sailing in the Champions League right now, into the quarter-finals, while Anzhi are getting stronger each year backed with considerable investment.

Marseille sit third in Ligue One, two points clear of fourth, and it's fairly dicey as to whether they will be playing in Europe's elite competition next season.

For Barton just to be linked with playing Champions League football is an honour; as he has never played in the competition. Had he not had his moment of madness on the last day of the season against Manchester City, there is every chance he would be sitting in the relegation zone right now with QPR.

Barton's eyes appear to have been opened abroad, that it really is the best place for him, away from the British media and problems he has created for himself 'back home'.

He could just become a footballing nomad, travelling around Europe, but in an age where we moan that not enough English players take their talents abroad, who are we to complain when Barton does it?

In case you ever missed his comedy French accent which was given a re-airing this week, here's the video.

What do you make of Barton's fortunes in France?

image: © michael kjaer

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch