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The controversial midfielder is eager to move to the French side and his representative says discussions are currently taking place but no agreement has yet been reached.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton wants to play for Marseille and is currently in negotiations with the club, according to his agent Willie McKay.

The controversial midfielder has been linked with the French side for some time, after losing the captaincy at Loftus Road and being left without a squad number.

Barton was hit with a 12-game ban at the end of last season following his dismissal against Manchester City and QPR has since gone on a huge recruitment drive over the summer.

Barton now looks set to leave Loftus Road with a move to Marseille seemingly his preferred destination.

“Joey Barton wants to play for OM next season,” agent Willie McKay told RMC. “We're in negotiations, but nothing is finished at the moment.

“I don't want to make any more comments on the negotiations out of respect to Jose Anigo [Marseille sporting director] and Vincent Labrune [Marseille president]."

Marseille has made a strong start to the Ligue 1 season taking six points from its first two games against newly promoted Reims and Sochaux.

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