Barton rules out West Ham move in video message

The free agent was reportedly only offered a play-as-you-play deal, while many fans were believed to have made their displeasure at the potential arrival clear

Joey Barton posted a video on Twitter confirming he will not be joining West Ham.

Reports emerged on Tuesday that West Ham were getting nervous about potentially signing the free agent, with many supporters believed to have made it clear they did not want Barton at Upton Park.

Barton was rumoured to be only offered a pay-as-you-play deal and has now  thanked “the West Ham fans, who sent me a lot of kind messages” but ruled out joining Slaven Bilic’s squad at “this moment in time”.

A message to the West Ham fans…

— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 11, 2015

“I felt West Ham as a football club certainly would have been a good fit for me,” the controversial 32-year-old said.

“It’s a ground – the Boleyn Ground – one that I’ve always enjoyed playing at, a really knowledgeable crowd that always gets behind the football team, and a place that, despite a few having reservations, I felt I could really do well, really offer something to the squad.

“It’s an exciting squad, obviously, that you’re building there now, highlighted by the Arsenal result on Sunday. But for this moment in time, it’s not meant to be.”

Barton added: “I’d just like to thank the West Ham fans, who sent me a lot of kind messages on social media, especially on Twitter. Obviously with a cat like myself, there’s always one or two, who are not so kind or complementary but that’s kind of par for the course for me these days.”

Barton finished off with wishing West Ham “all the best going forward”, while underlining his belief the club are heading towards an exciting future with their impending move to London’s Olympic Stadium.