Barton to train with Fleetwood
Sky Sports understands Fleetwood Town are lining up a loan move for Joey Barton, with the QPR midfielder to train with them this week.
Last Updated: 23/07/12 8:49pm
Sky Sports understands Fleetwood Town are lining up a shock loan move for Joey Barton until January, with the controversial QPR midfielder to train with them this week.
The 29-year-old has been linked with a move away from Loftus Road ahead of the new season after incidents on the final day of last term resulted in him being banned for 12 matches for two counts of violent conduct.
Barton was handed a red card in QPR's defeat at Manchester City and accepted a charge over his clash with Sergio Aguero in the wake of his dismissal.
The midfielder was also found guilty over a separate incident with City captain Vincent Kompany.
He was left out of Mark Hughes' 26-man squad that travelled to Asia for a pre-season tour, fuelling speculation of a summer move, with both Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday thought to be interested.
Barton confirmed on his Twitter account on Monday evening he will train with Fleetwood Town and it is understood he could join the League Two newcomers, who won the Blue Square Premier last season, on loan.
"Looking forward to training with Fleetwood Town for the week. Will get a much needed sweat on..." said Barton.
"Still have 3 years left at QPR. Exciting times for the club, which I intended to be a part of. Need to get some fitness in the meantime..."
"Fleetwood are a young club going places. 5 promotions already in the last few years. If I help some of their young players, great.
"Training with them will certainly help me with my short term fitness and my plan on being as fit as possible during my 12 game ban..."