Report: Free agent Joey Barton hoping to resurrect recently failed West Ham deal

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Joey Barton is reportedly still hopeful of joining West Ham.

According to the Daily Mirror, midfielder Joey Barton is still hopeful that a move to West Ham can be resurrected, despite the collapse of his deal just weeks ago.

Barton, 32, is a free agent having left Queens Park Rangers earlier this summer following their relegation to the Championship, and is on the lookout for a new club.

The outspoken, controversial midfielder so far hasn't had much luck, but he came agonisingly close to making his return to the Premier League with West Ham.

As reported by Sky Sports earlier this month, Barton underwent a medical with West Ham United ahead of a move to Upton Park, before the Hammers cancelled the deal.

Co-chairman David Sullivan recently told KUMB that he cancelled the move after negative reactions from the West Ham squad, but all hope may not be lost for Barton just yet.

The Mirror report that, following West Ham's 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday - their second home loss in a row - Barton is holding out hope that a move to Upton Park can be resurrected, with the hope of bringing some experience to the squad during a difficult time under new boss Slaven Bilic.

Whether West Ham would really be willing to perform a shock U-turn and sign Barton after all remains to be seen, as with just over a week left of the transfer window, it seems more likely that he would be a last resort for the Hammers, who are in the market for an experienced midfield player.

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