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Waddle bemused by Marseille deal for QPR midfielder Barton

Former Tottenham star Chris Waddle has questioned Olympique Marseille's deal for QPR midfielder Joey Barton.

Waddle, who won three titles in as many years for Marseilles, fears the club's fans will be in for a disappointment.

He told the Irish Independent: "I can't understand the connection, why they've looked at him. Unless someone's built him up into being Zinedine Zidane, I don't know how he got that move.

"He'll do well to get in the team. Normally when you strengthen your team you bring in a player who's different from what you have but Marseille have a lot of players like Joey. If they think he's going to make a difference by dribbling or scoring goals or making goals ... I don't think they'll see that. They'll see a player who passes it and plays simple football, and Marseilles fans, who like clever players, will wonder what the reason for signing him was. I think it is a strange move for both parties."

Waddle added: "So far he's played 70 minutes against Fenerbahce. They were losing 2-0, they took him off and drew 2-2. He'll do well to play football and if he's not playing, will Joey be happy? We'll probably find out on Twitter.

"It's a fantastic club with fanatical support -- if he upsets the supporters he might as well leave town. I wouldn't bet against him upsetting the supporters, but if he plays well, they'll take to him."

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