Official: Burnley sign Barton

The midfielder had looked set to join West Ham earlier this summer but has now completed a move to the Championship side, signing a one-year contract at Turf Moor

Burnley have signed former QPR midfielder Joey Barton on a one-year deal, the club have confirmed.

The 32-year-old was part of the Rangers side that won promotion from the Championship in 2013-14, but left QPR at the end of last season upon the expiration of his contract, and joins the Clarets on a free transfer.

Barton had looked set to join West Ham earlier this summer, but ruled out a move following a backlash from the club’s fans.

Upon completing the deal, Burnley manager Sean Dyche told the club’s website: “I’m delighted that we have Joey on board.

“He was very respectful when speaking about our club at the end of last season and during the summer.

“We had many conversations and he made it clear he was very interested in what we are about and that coming here was something he would consider.

“He is player who is in demand and who others think highly of. I know there is other stuff to his life and character, but on the pitch I think everyone speaks well of him and he is certainly someone who I think can get the culture and the understanding of what we do here.”