Barton reiterates desire to join Marseille permanently

Following speculation that the QPR midfielder was keen to secure a move to boyhood club Everton, the 30-year-old has again underlined his eagerness to return to Ligue 1
QPR midfielder Joey Barton has reiterated his desire to join Marseille, rejecting speculation that he is keen to move to Everton.

The 30-year-old spent last season on loan at the Stade Velodrome, helping the Ligue 1 outfit secure a return to the Champions League, but no deal has been agreed to make the move permanent.

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Reports suggested the former Manchester City man had switched his focus to a move to Everton - the club he supports - but Barton has swiftly denied such speculation.

"Recent rumours are slightly wide of the mark, everyone knows where I would like to end up, in France," the 30-year-old posted on his Twitter account.

"Playing in the Champions League for Olympique Marseille, nothing has changed my end. If not, I am contracted to QPR and will give my all ... to help them regain their Premier League status. If something happens and both clubs decide differently than I will assess my options."

Barton made 33 appearances in all competitions for Marseille last term, scoring one goal.