With the Chicago Fire set to miss out on Chelsa legend Didier Drogba, their supporters have been attempting to recruit another former Premier League star.
Following reports that their team had all but lost out to the Montreal Impact in the race for the 37-year-old Ivorian’s signature [h/t ESPN FC], Fire fans took to Twitter to try to convince fellow free agent Joey Barton to make the move to MLS.
The 32-year-old midfielder had been watching New York City FC’s dramatic 5-3 home victory over Eastern Conference rivals Orlando City SC on Sunday night and, after being flooded with hashtag-filled messages calling for “#JoeyBartonToCF97”, offered the Chicago fanbase the following noncommittal but nevertheless interesting response.
Currently sitting bottom of the Eastern Conference after taking only 19 points from their first 20 games of the season, the Fire are in desperate need of some summer additions and, while the big-name capture of Drogba would have been an enormous coup, Barton could also fill an immediate need in the centre of the park.
The controversial veteran, who made 28 Premier League appearances for Queens Park Rangers last season, is on the hunt for a new team after seeing his contract at Loftus Road expire earlier this month and has since been linked with a move to Leeds United [h/t The Sun].
He certainly sounds open to the idea of a future stateside switch too but, for now, it looks like the former Manchester City and Newcastle United man doesn’t plan on heading across the Atlantic any time soon.