Kevin Nolan sees no reason why Joey Barton would not join him at West Ham and help lead the club back to the Barclays Premier League.

Barton has been told by Newcastle that he can leave St James' Park for nothing this summer, which has lead to a clamour for the 28-year-old's signature.

West Ham have been linked with a move for the combative midfielder, although are likely to struggle to convince Barton to drop down to the Npower Championship.

Nolan, though, does not regret his decision to quit life in the top-flight to team up with Sam Allardyce once more, and expects Barton would thrive at Upton Park.

"Would Joey Barton come here? Well, I came here, so I can't see why Joey Barton would not come," he said.

"It is a massive club.


"The way he has been treated over the last couple of years, he is probably looking for an escape.

"He knows I'm here, he knows Sam [who signed Barton for Newcastle in June 2007] is here and what we are about - I can look after him and he can look after me!"

"It would definitely be good for me. Joey is a great player to play alongside and he is a winner.

"He tells it straight, as people know, but deep down he is a lovely lad and I get on really well with him.

"He would be a great acquisition to the squad if we got him here.

"I'm sure the West Ham fans would love him and the players would come to love him. They [will have] read a lot of things about him - some of them are true, but others are blown out of proportion.

"With Joey, you have got someone [who] when he puts on the shirt, he genuinely wants to win, and he wants to do the best for the club and the players."

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