The former Queens Park Rangers midfielder had been courted by Premier League side West Ham United and it was believed that the Hammers were on the verge of securing the services of the 32-year old.
However, having undergone a medical-turned-fitness-test at Upton Park, according to BBC Sport, the move soon fell through - leaving Barton red faced and picking up the pieces.
Despite his most recent set-back, Barton will find himself in high-demand, particularly among Championship clubs, and his response to a supporter's query suggests he has held talks - in some capacity - with Nottingham Forest.
I had a good chat with Dougie a couple of weeks ago. Top bloke. Who knows? https://t.co/T0yHqsjMiL— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 12, 2015
Amid the club's ongoing transfer embargo, Forest could be open to the idea of signing Barton as a free agent. However, the midfielder would ultimately be forced to comprise to compromise on his wage demands, due to the club's current financial position.
Barton, who has a pedigree of helping sides out of the Championship after playing a big role in QPR’s promotion via the play-offs in May 2014, could be a very useful addition to Freedman's side as they look to push for a place in the Premier League.