After his contract ended at QPR in June, Joey Barton has found himself without a club.

At only 32 he clearly has at least a year or two left to play at a decent level, probably in the Premier League.

Barton looked to be heading to West Ham, only for talks to end without a deal being agreed.

The media have claimed that the reaction of some West Ham fans was the reason, with the club owners supposedly pulling out after supporters criticised the possibility of taking somebody on with Joey Barton’s past record of trouble.

Joey Barton reacted to the breakdown of the move by posting a video message addressed to West Ham fans:

“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.

“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.”

Barton claims that there are three or four clubs after him but after being asked, he denied that he had been training with Watford ahead of a move.

One club he is ‘unlikely’ to be  joining is Sunderland, asked by a Newcastle fan on Twitter, Joey Barton had this to say when questioned as to whether he would consider a move to Wearside:

“Not a chance mate. Never, ever, ever. Not after my 4 yrs on Tyneside.”

If nothing else, a move there would have produced an even better reaction from Sunderland fans who have been tortured by Barton’s messages on Twitter in the years after leaving Newcastle as he regularly wound them up with pro-United comments.

Good luck to Barton getting fixed up with a new club, whilst he produced so much shocking behaviour in the past, he deserves credit for turning it around.