Sullivan admits West Ham pursued Joey Barton, explains why transfer collapsed

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David Sullivan has opened up on Joey Barton's proposed move to West Ham.

West Ham United co-chairman David Sullivan has told KUMB that he cancelled the move for Joey Barton after some complaints from squad members.

The Hammers have heavily strengthened their squad this summer, but manager Slaven Bilic is still in the market for another midfielder having not only seen Alex Song return to Barcelona upon the expiration of his loan deal, but also loaned out midfielder Diego Poyet.

Early last week, Sky Sports reported that the Hammers were making a move for free agent Joey Barton, with the veteran even undergoing a medical at Upton Park.

However, the deal fell through, leaving former QPR man Barton without a club as we draw ever closer to the transfer deadline - and also leaving West Ham in need of a new midfielder.

Now, speaking to KUMB, Hammers co-chairman Sullivan says that he thought signing Barton was an 'exceptionally good deal' - but complaints from West Ham squad members led to the Hammers cancelling the deal.

"Personally I would have signed Joey Barton because it was an exceptionally good deal from a financial point of view," said Sullivan. "It was very high appearance money, but a very low basic. There was no long-term commitment and big appearance money only if he started - and only in Premier League games."

"From a purely financial point of view, to get a player of Joey Barton's quality in on a one-year contract was very good from a financial point of view. But there were a couple of players who didn't fancy it and if the potential cost is an unhappy dressing room, you have to listen to it," he added.

West Ham fans were also vocal in their resistance to signing Barton, which ultimately led to the Hammers avoiding a deal for Barton.

With last season's loan star Alex Song injured, the Hammers may still want to look for other alternatives in midfield - even if they are prepared to wait for Song to recover in a bid to re-sign him this summer.

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