Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has revealed he recommended West Brom goalscoring hero Morgan Amalfitano to the West London club, but scouts 'didn't know who he was'.
In an interview with French sports paper l'Equipe, Barton says he wanted his former Marseille team-mate to join him at the Championship club:
"I am still in contact with some of my former team-mates. I speak to Morgan. I really tried to get him here. I spoke about him to the manager, to scouts, but here we don't know the French championship.
"I said to them: 'He is a good player - get him over here'. They told me: 'We don't even know who he is.'"
Barton said he wouldn't let the QPR staff live it down when he scored his second Premier League goal for West Brom:
"When he scored this weekend against Manchester United, I took the mickey out of them. I knew that in England, he would do well."
Amalfitano has impressed since moving on loan to West Brom, and his fantastic solo goal at Old Trafford was one of the best of the weekend.
The France international had been linked with a loan move away from Ligue 1 after finding himself out of favour at l'OM. Steve Clarke secured the services of Amalfitano on a one-year loan deal on transfer deadline day.
Morgan Amalfitano's brother Romain is currently on the books at struggling Newcastle, but hasn't made a senior appearance for the club since signing in 2012.
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