West Ham cancel free signing of midfield ace following fan backlash

West Ham United have decided to cancel their move to sign former Queens Park Rangers star Joey Barton after protest from their fans, according to reports from the BBC.

The 32-year-old was released by QPR following their relegation into the English Championship as he was keen on signing for a new club ahead of the new campaign.

He was said to have already undergone a medical with the Hammers, but club chairman David Gold later confirmed that the transfer has been cancelled.

Barton later released a video revealing his feelings over the failed switch, thanking the West Ham fans that actually supported his signing before it was called off.

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“Obviously, with a character like myself there’s one or two who are not so kind or complimentary, that’s kind of par for the course with me these days,” he said.

“I felt West Ham as a football club certainly would have been a good fit for me.

“Despite a few having reservations, I felt I could really have done well and really offer something to the squad.

“It’s exciting times for the West Ham fans. I just wanted to wish you all the best in the future and no hard feelings.”

The midfielder has a long list of disciplinary issues over the course of his career, earning a number of suspensions on the pitch as well as jail sentences off it.

Despite his record, he has made over 300 first team appearances over the course of his career and featured a total of 28 times for QPR this past term.