Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Mick McCarthy has revealed he rejected the chance to sign Joey Barton this summer.
The former Newcastle United midfielder, who signed with QPR in the later stages of the transfer window, was made available by the Magpies after a string of disagreements with the club and an inability to agree a new contract at St. James' Park.
Neil Warnock was able to snap-up the midfielder ahead of his rivals at Loftus Road, but McCarthy insists he wasn't looking to do a deal to bring the player to Wolves.
“He’s a very good Premier League player, without a doubt,” said the boss.
“He was offered to everyone – from Kuwait to Kuala Lumpur to Kansas City to Wolverhampton. But I wouldn’t have done it.”
Asked if he was surprised that the former Magpies star ended up in west London, McCathy admitted the financial power of QPR meant that had an obvious advantage over other suitors.
“There aren’t many clubs bigger than Newcastle United," added the Wolves boss.
“I think it was because Tony Fernandes was prepared to give him £65,000-a-week. He was always going to go somewhere. It wasn’t going to be a ‘middle of the road’ club like us paying him £65,000-a-week on a three-year deal.”