Report claims Joey Barton shocked Nottingham Forest by saying this

Joey Barton

Joey Barton has been linked with Nottingham Forest and West Ham United.

Former Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton wants to become a player-coach soon, according to The Sun.

It has been reported by the British tabloid that during negations with Nottingham Forest, the Englishman stated his aforementioned desire.

The Sun claims that Barton’s wish shocked Forest, who are currently playing in the Championship.

Good signing for Nottingham Forest?

Barton is a free agent at the moment, having left QPR at the end of the 2014-15 season following their relegation from the Premier League.

This means that Forest will not have to pay any transfer fee to secure the services of the former Newcastle and Manchester City star.

However, wages will be a problem. Due to Financial Fair Play regulations, the Championship club will not be able to pay the 32-year-old an extravagant salary.

Barton is not one of the best midfielders around, but his combative qualities and experience of playing in the Championship will help Forest in their attempt to finish in the top six this season.

West Ham United interest

Interestingly, Barton has also been linked with a move to Premier League outfit West Ham United on a free transfer.

According to The Mirror, the former Newcastle and QPR midfielder is still hopeful that he can join the Hammers despite his move to the London outfit collapsed recently.

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan recently told KUMB that he cancelled the move due to the negative reaction from a couple of players.

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