Harry Redknapp claims Joey Barton would have completed 'great move' by joining West Ham

Harry Redknapp believe Joey Barton can still play in the Premier League.

Harry Redknapp has told Kicca that Joey Barton would have made a 'great move' had he joined West Ham earlier this week.

Barton, 32, is a free agent having left Queens Park Rangers earlier this summer, and is on the lookout for a new club, ideally before the transfer deadline in just under a month's time.

In fact, Barton came close to an immediate Premier League return, having not only held talks but also passed a medical with West Ham, as reported by Sky Sports.

However, The Mirror later revealed that West Ham cancelled their move for the midfielder following strong protests from Hammers fans, who didn't want their club to sign such a divisive, controversial figure.

Now, former Hammers boss Harry Redknapp has told Kicca that he thought the move was 'done and dusted' - before admitting that Barton can play in the Premier League still, considering a move to Upton Park as 'great'.

"I thought the deal to see Joey Barton move to West Ham was done and dusted. It would have been a great move for Joey, for sure," said Redknapp.

"Joey’s a winner, when he plays he wants to win, he gives everything on the pitch. He gives strong opinions on the game and he’ll argue his corner if he thinks he’s right, if something’s not right he’ll say so. But as a player he gives everything, going to West Ham would have been a great move for him."

"He does need to play. I would hate to see him waste his time on the radio, he needs to be on the football pitch. I’ve had a couple of good Championship clubs ring me about him and he’d be an outstanding player for them. But you still think he’d do a job in the Premier League," he added.

Barton has certainly been an outspoken figure during his time in the top flight, and whilst he would experience and bite to the West Ham midfield, he may be seen as too much of a risk - even on a free transfer.

His volatile nature has cost teams in the past, and fans are well aware of that. It's easy for Redknapp - who managed the veteran midfielder at QPR - to speak highly of Barton now that he is out of management, but West Ham are the ones who have to consider that risk. In this case, the risk was too great, leaving Barton still searching for a new club.

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