Thursday saw Burnley announce the signing of former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton on a one-year deal on the club's official website.
According to BBC Sport, Clarets boss Sean Dyche confirmed that they had been in talks with the 32-year-old for eight weeks before announcing he had arrived at Turf Moor.
Barton was a free agent following his release by Queens Park Rangers at the end of last season and still hadn't found a new team when the season began nearly three weeks ago.
He made 28 appearances for the Loftus Road outfit last term, scoring one goal and fashioning a further 57 key passes – including three assists.
Nonetheless, the club opted against retaining his services following their return to the second tier, having finished bottom of the Premier League table.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the Barton’s summer move to Lancashire.
Joey Barton, oh go on thenn— Calum Woodhead (@CalumWoodhead) August 28, 2015
I think the signing of Joey Barton is a good bit of business by the gaffer and make people notice that BFC means business this season.UTC— tony bannister (@tonybanny1) August 28, 2015
Sean Dyche managing Joey Barton is a car crash waiting to happen— Jack Downey (@Jack_Downey_) August 28, 2015
Joey Barton will do bits at Burnley.— Steven (@StevenPeacock_) August 28, 2015
Tbf to joey Barton, do you think anyone that plays for burnley actually lives there ? He ain't that fucking stupid !!— Matt (@mattlgrimley) August 28, 2015
Footballer Joey Barton as been arrested by police in Burnley, after he was caught on CCTV setting fire to a pensioner who had double parked.— Breaking News (@ShitNewsDaily) August 28, 2015
People I know who have worked with Joey Barton say he's a great bloke. No trouble since giving up alcohol. Deserves his chance. @bbc5live— Graham Megennis (@GrahamMegennis) August 28, 2015
We've got Joey Barton we've got Joey Barton we've got Joey we've got Joey we've Joey Barton
Joey Barton at Burnley. The hardest midfield In the championship. What a signing— elwood (@turpin66) August 28, 2015