Joey Barton
Joey Barton

By Okeowo Oladapo

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Joey Barton’s move to Burnley is still a “strong possibility”. Barton, who is being investigated by the FA for allegedly gambling, has been training with Burnley since November after his failed Scottish campaign.

Sean Dyche, Burnley manager, is not ruling out a move for the midfielder. This is not the first time they would be working together as Barton was integral to the team’s promotion to the EPL last season. When asked about the move, which has been agreed in principle, he said: “We’re in ongoing discussions with him and his advisers, just to make sure we’re all clear where we stand with that.

“If that goes well, then in theory, there is a strong possibility that things carry on as normal, with certain caveats, obviously, for certain situations should they arise.”

Going on, he said there is a chance Barton would play for the club before the FA ruling as “it depends on timings. We’re finding out more about that as we go. There’s nothing else we can do about that. We can’t rush the FA into doing whatever they need to do.”

Barton was suspended for one match for breaching betting regulations by the Scottish FA in November — a ban that is yet to be served and would be carried over into his second spell at Turf Moor should it be formalised.