Everton club legend Neville Southall has compared Joey Barton to Forrest Gump, following reports linking the player to the blue-half of Merseyside.
Southall warned new Everton boss Roberto Martinez that the 30-year-old Barton would bring nothing to the squad, and that the money could be put to better use.
Responding to question posed by talkSPORT about Barton's possibly arrival at Goodison Park, Southall said: "I think they have already got a kitman.
"What is he going to add to Everton? He might be a half-decent player at times but, if he was that good, Harry Redknapp would be begging him to stay at QPR.
"I don't see how he will fit into Everton's style of play. He ain't the best passer in the world."
Southall then compared the QPR man, who is notorious for his troublesome antics, to Tom Hanks' fictional character, Forrest Gump.
"Yes he is fit and runs up and down all day but Forrest Gump did that as well didn't he?" Southall added.
The Everton icon, would much prefer the money that would be spent on Barton, to go towards the capture of young talent.
He said: "I would rather he (Martinez) got in a young lad who is probably on less money and a better prospect in the long run so they have got until January to bed him in and see what he is like.”
Barton has expressed his desire to make the switch to Everton, claiming it would be a 'dream move'.
The volatile midfielder has made it plain that the Toffees would be the only club he would be willing to take a pay-cut to join. He currently earns a reported £75,000-a-week at Loftus Road.
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