Stoke boss Pulis: I wanted QPR's Barton
Pulis insists the midfielder was very different in person from his public image.
Pulis, who has seen his side lose three Premier League games in a row, said: "Joey's a top player. I spoke to him and he came over as a lovely lad.
"He seemed a sincere fella and completely different to what his persona is. It wasn't to be and he's done great with QPR.
"Yeah, he would have come with a bit of baggage but I might have enjoyed that!"