Marseille rule out Barton swap

The French outfit want to sell the versatile Cameroonian

defender and initial talks with QPR regarded a potential ?6million

(?4.71million) transfer.

But reports claim the London side proposed a swap deal with out

of favour Barton, being keen to pay half of his wages.

However Marseille supremo Labrune has ruled out such a move.

He told L’Equipe: “We are not attracted in a paying loan for

Stephane, with an option to buy. So today there is no more


“We are not refusing a departure, but under such conditions we

have to look elsewhere.”

Barton is banned for the first 12 games of the season and has

not been given a squad number by boss Mark Hughes.