Aston Villa fans do not want Barton at Villa Park

According to a number of leading bookmakers, Aston Villa are amongst the favourites to sign Joey Barton on a free transfer.

The 35-year-old is expected to return to football next season following 13 months on the sidelines after breaking rules in relation to betting.

The midfielder was initially handed an 18-month ban, but had it reduced by five months in July. Barton, who was contracted to Burnley at the time, has since taken on the role of a pundit.

It is understood that the former Manchester City midfielder wants to return to football for the 2018-19 campaign, and Villa are one of the clubs that have been credited with an interest.

The Villa supporters have been reacting to the news, and it would be fair to say that not many are thrilled.

Indeed, whilst one-time England international Barton would more than likely be a good signing for a number of Championship clubs, Villa fans are simply not interested in the deal.

A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below: