QPR ready to cut Barton ties

It is thought the Loftus Road club will meet with Barton in the

next 24 hours to sort out his future.

The development comes after the 29-year-old to confirm he wants

to join the Ligue 1 side, while also complain at his treatment by

QPR.

His relationship with the club has rapidly deteriorated

following his behaviour on the final day of last season against

Manchester City, with the temperamental midfielder currently

serving a 12-match ban for violent conduct.

Rangers stripped Barton of the captain’s armband as a result of

the incident and did not award him a squad number for the new

season.

He has three years remaining on his contract in West London but

if he is granted a free transfer he could be on his way to

Marseille before the window closes on Friday, having been heavily

linked with the French side.