Report: Joey Barton finds a new London home at the Boleyn Ground

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The BBC is reporting that mercurial but industrious midfielder Joey Barton will have a medical on Monday ahead of a move to West Ham United.

The former QPR man, 32, would provide even more steel to an intriguing Hammers’ side that upset Arsenal 2-0 on the opening weekend of Premier League play.

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Despite a tumultuous reputation that included a 77-day prison stay for assault and affray, Barton hasn’t bounced from club to club. He spent five seasons at Man City, five more at Newcastle, then four at QPR with a season-long loan to Marseille in the middle.

Even in watching Aston Villa play Bournemouth this week — Barton had been linked with Tim Sherwood’s Villans — Barton raised a bit of controversy by saying the best player was watching the match: