Joey Barton is demanding a huge pay-off to leave QPR.

The Sun says the midfielder is after a whopping £3.5million to quit QPR.

The hothead midfielder missed Hoops' relegation last season while on loan at Marseille in France and wants a permanent move.

But he still has two years left on a £70,000-a-week deal and is demanding half of that to get him off the payroll.

QPR must offload a host of highly-paid flops to trim costs after finishing bottom in the Prem.

Boss Harry Redknapp wants Barton, 30, back but admits it will be tough to get him to swap the French Riviera for the Championship.