Ex-Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton close to joining Premier League club

Joey Barton
Joey Barton

Out-of-contract Joey Barton is set to join West Ham United.

The former Newcastle United midfielder has been without a club since leaving Queens Park Rangers at the end last season.

Barton – who spent four years at St James’s Park earlier in his career – is undergoing a medical at West Ham.

The 32-year-old was in the stands for Bournemouth’s first Premier League game at the weekend.

Barton had been working for BBC Sport.