Barton impressed by QPR ambition

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New QPR signing Joey Barton would not have joined the west London club if he did not think it could meet his ambitions.

The 28-year-old Newcastle midfielder penned a four-year deal with Rangers on Friday and is available for this weekend's Barclays Premier League clash at Wigan. Barton was a popular figure on Tyneside but fell out with the upper echelons of the club's hierarchy, recently being fined two weeks' wages after criticising the club's transfer policy on Twitter.

As a result Barton was made available for a free transfer and has now joined QPR, whose ambition he claims led him to join the club. He told QPR player: "That is the reason I have come here. If I didn't feel the club had ambition it would sort of defeat the point of me coming here in the first place."

He added: "The fact they are able to go out and sign players who they are talking about at the minute - as well as myself - shows they are serious about taking this football club where they need to take it."

Asked why he chose the club over other interested parties, he added: "Just the ambition.

"Obviously they've already got a great bunch of lads here already to have achieved what they achieved last season (promotion) and the results in the early part of this season.

"[The team can get even better] if they can add one of two bodies to that, which they are talking about.

"As I say, I think there is potential at the football club, especially with the location of where it is.

"You know the ambitions of the new owners and the people that are already here from previous times bodes well for the future."

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