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Barton deal crucial to Mbia moving to QPR

Marseille have confirmed Joey Barton's arrival from QPR is dependent on Stephane Mbia moving to Loftus Road. Barton, an outcast with QPR, has reportedly passed a medical with the Ligue 1 club and took part in a light training session with the rest of their squad on Friday morning.

"The two clubs have reached an agreement," said Marseille sporting director Jose Anigo. "Mbia still has to find one with QPR. Then Joey will be here.

"Joey's arrival is linked to Mbia's move to QPR. It will be a transfer for Mbia and a loan for Joey.

"There are quite good chances that the deal will be completed. But it's not done yet."

Barton, speaking on his Twitter account on Friday afternoon, added: "Hopefully, once the ink is dry, I can immerse myself in the culture, learn the language and just play football. That is my dream..."

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