Initial talks between West Ham and Barton broke down, with the London club’s co-chairman David Sullivan telling KUMB that he cancelled the move due to the negative reaction from a couple of players.
However, The Daily Mail later reported that the Premier League outfit revived their interest in the 32-year-old former Newcastle and Queens Park Rangers star following the release of attacking midfielder Kevin Nolan.
Barton, who recently joined Championship side Burnley on a free transfer, has confirmed that West Ham did return for him.
However, the former Manchester City star was not keen on joining Slaven Bilic’s side as he was not happy with how things had gone about initially.
"West Ham decided two weeks that they were going to go on a different route, and all of a sudden after they lost to Bournemouth they decided to revive it, or certainly their owner did," Barton revealed on the Drivetime show on talkSPORT on Friday evening.
"It was instantly uncomfortable for me. I just thought: ‘how can two results change (the decision)?
‘If you don’t want me at the club or certain players didn’t want me at the club, and then you got beat twice and all of a sudden you need me, that’s not me’.”
West Ham will take on Liverpool away from home at Anfield in the Premier League this afternoon.