Agent Willie McKay says client Joey Barton is very interested in a switch to Everton, as hopes of a permanent deal with Marseille fade.
Former Manchester City and Newcastle United man Barton enjoyed a loan spell in the south of France last season, but is back in London with Championship club QPR where he appears surplus to requirements.
A move to boyhood heroes Everton would appeal to the midfielder, with his agent suggesting he’d even be prepared to take a pay-cut in order to facilitate such a transfer.
The 30-year-old remains a controversial figure on these shores, despite a season out of the English football limelight and whether new Everton manager Roberto Martinez would be prepared to take a risk on Barton is unconfirmed. However, again according to McKay, Martinez and assistant Graeme Jones rate him highly and are considering making an offer.
Barton certainly possesses the ability to succeed in the Premier League, but his suspect temperament is always a concern. If he blows up again during a match, then Everton would lose him for a number of games, therefore rendering the purchase of the player meaningless.
Roberto Martinez must balance up the correct course of action, while keeping in mind what is best for the club as a whole.