Joey Barton willing to make Everton sacrifice

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Controversial QPR midfielder Joey Barton is eager to move to Everton, according to the player's agent. 

30-year-old Barton, who arrived at Lofus Road on a free transfer from Newcastle United in 2011, spent the entire 2012/13 campaign on loan at Ligue 1 outfit Marseille and was believed to have his sights set on a permanent switch across the Channel.

But with the club allegedly stalling on any potential deal due to Barton's extravagant wage demands, Willie McKay has revealed that his client would now be willing to make a significant financial sacrifice in order to represent the club he supported as a boy. 

McKay told talkSPORT: "Obviously his (Barton's) package with QPR is pretty big for Marseille's terms really. 

"Joey said there was only one club he would make a sacrifice for and it would be Everton and I made that call to (Roberto) Martinez."

The forthcoming season will be former Wigan boss Martinez's first season in charge at Goodison Park, and although McKay claims the Spaniard is an admirer of Barton, it is hugely debatable whether he would risk potentially alienating many of the club's supporters with the signing of such an unpredictable and volatile character. 

"Roberto Martinez said he likes him as a player and he also spoke to Everton's assistant Graeme Jones, who loves him as a player," said McKay. "Anything can happen in football. It could happen."

Everton, who are currently embarking upon a pre-season tour of the United States, begin their Premier League campaign away at Norwich City on August 17.


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