27 Aug 2011

Barton signs with QPR

6:59 am on 27 August 2011

Midfielder Joey Barton has become Queens Park Rangers' first signing since the Premier League football club's takeover by Malaysian entrepreneur Tony Fernandes.

Barton, who was released by Newcastle United in the close-season, signed a four-year deal with the west London outfit who were promoted to the top flight as second tier champions last season.

The 28-year-old, who won his first and only England cap in 2007, is no stranger to controversy and was jailed for assault in 2008 while at Newcastle.

Barton was also given a suspended four-month sentence for attacking team mate Ousmane Dabo in 2007 during a spell at Manchester City.

Fernandes, who is also owner of the Team Lotus Formula One outfit and AirAsia airline, completed his QPR takeover last week and promised to take the club to new heights.

QPR have been linked in the British media with moves for Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips and West Ham United midfielder Scott Parker.