Joey Barton willing to take 50% wage cut to join Everton
Despite being a controversial figure, Joey Barton has proven himself as a competent footballer turning out some impressive performances in the Premier League and Ligue 1.
However, things haven’t worked out for Barton at recently relegated QPR and the former England international is now focused on securing a move to his boyhood club Everton.
Barton is that desperate for a move to Goodison Park that the midfielder has revealed that he would even be willing to take a 50% pay cut to play for The Toffees.
The 30 year old midfielder is currently on a £70,000 per week contract at Loftus Road but has instructed his agent to contact Everton saying that he would settle for £35,000 per week.
Barton has been seeking a move away from QPR all summer and hasn’t played for the side at all since the final game of the 2011-2012 season having spent last season on loan at French side Marseille.
After a successful stint in France, there had been thoughts that Barton would make his move to L’OM permanent although negotiations between the two sides have stuttered in recent weeks.
With QPR also looking to cut some of their enormous wage bill down too over the summer, selling Barton would give financial officers at the club many less headaches over the coming year.
If Barton was to join The Toffees, he could be considered a strong replacement for Marouane Fellaini should the Belgian decide to leave the club to join Manchester United.
After all, Barton is a seasoned campaigner in the Premier League having played 222 games in the top flight for Man City, Newcastle United and QPR.
Alongside that, Barton has also been an influential figure for some sides including captaining QPR when the side were promoted to the Premier League back in 2011.
Barton’s strong performances have led him to be included in the England squad on several occasions although he only made the 1 appearance in a defeat to Spain back in February 2007.
Even though Barton has been a strong figure on the pitch, the player off-pitch clashes with both players and the law has meant that he has been a burden for some clubs to have on the books.
Although his reputation is far from ideal, Barton has still proven himself to be a player worth of featuring in the Premier League and a move to Everton would certainly do both him and QPR a wonder of good for the season ahead.