Fans took to Social Media to vent their frustrations at the proposed deal
West Ham United won’t be signing Joey Barton now after the club pulled the plug on the deal following protests from fans.
The Hammers were holding talks with the midfielder, following his release from Queens Park Rangers, but after the news broke yesterday, it was met with furious West Ham fans who didn’t want the controversial midfielder at their club.
Barton was released by QPR at the end of last season following their relegation to the Championship, and he was expected to return to the Premier League with the London-club keen.
However, David Gold confirmed on Twitter that there would be no deal following a backlash from the club’s fans.
After the deal broke down, Barton posted a video thanking the support from some West Ham fans and revealed he had no hard feelings after the deal collapsed.
Barton Video Message
“I’d just like to thank the West Ham fans who sent me a lot of kind messages on social media and especially on Twitter,” Barton said in the video.
“Obviously, with a character like myself there’s one or two who are not so kind or complimentary, that’s kind of par for the course with me these days.
“I felt West Ham as a football club certainly would have been a good fit for me,” he added.
“Despite a few having reservations, I felt I could really have done well and really offer something to the squad.
“It’s exciting times for the West Ham fans. I just wanted to wish you all the best in the future and no hard feelings.”
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt