Joey Barton reportedly set for West Ham medical ahead of move

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The former Queens Park Rangers man could be set to be playing Premier League football again this season.

Sky Sports are reporting that recently released Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton is set to undergo a fitness test and medical at West Ham United, as the 32-year-old looks to get back into the game.

Barton is a hugely outspoken figure in British football, having been involved in controversial moments at most of his clubs, but he has often been capable of creative and combative midfield play alongside that.

His Twitter account stated on August 8 that he hoped to be back playing at some point this week, with him having failed to find a club before the start of the season, and he may now join up with his second consecutive London club if the report by Sky Sports is accurate.

He had been heavily linked to Leeds United at the beginning of the summer, among other clubs, with the Yorkshire Evening Post discussing the possibility of a move in June.

Barton, who won one England cap earlier in his career, had admitted on Twitter during a Q & A the week before that he had previously been close to signing for the Hammers earlier in his career, on more than one occasion. 

And now it looks like Slaven Bilic is the manager who will finally make that move come true, with the possibility that Barton joins the Upton Park outfit while they are in third spot in the very early stages of this Premier League campaign, following the Hammers sensational 2-0 win away to Arsenal.

Barton played 32 games for the R's last season as they finished bottom of the table and went down to the Championship, though he was arguably one of their better players, featuring as captain and scoring once and assisting three times across the campaign. 

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