The 32-year-olf is currently a free agent, and the report states that he is set for a medical at the Boleyn Ground inside the next 24 hours.
It is certainly a strange signing, with West Ham’s current squad showing they were good enough to defeat Arsenal on Sunday. 16-year-old Reece Oxford fulfilled the defensive midfield role that Barton would play, and the Hammers squad looks well stocked in all areas.
Not only does that make it a surprise, but club chairman David Gold has also spoken on a potential move for Barton - back in 2013.
Speaking on Twitter two years ago, Gold was asked how he would respond if then-manager Sam Allardyce approached him to sign Barton.
And it is safe to say that Gold would not have sanctioned a deal back then.
“@GeorgeFloyd4: What would you do if Big Sam said he wanted to sign Barton? Give Sam some time off, get away for a few days. dg— David Gold (@davidgold) January 15, 2013
Clearly his opinion on the player has changed since 2013, and he appears willing to sign off on a deal to bring Barton to the Boleyn Ground.
It is hard to understand why West Ham want to sign the ageing midfielder, but may Gold would be wise to follow his own advice from two years ago instead of agreeing to the signing.