Controversial midfielder Joey Barton has revealed he believed a prank that he was a transfer target for Manchester United back in 2011.
The outspoken star, currently with Scottish Premiership side Rangers, is releasing an autobiography entitled ‘No Nonsense’, which seems a little ironic given that he fell for this trick by his agent.
On his way to signing for Queens Park Rangers in 2011, Barton’s agent Wille McKay claimed he’d got a call from then-United manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
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As the 34-year-old reveals in his book: ‘Finally, a big club, and a great manager, had come to their senses
‘I would give Manchester United’s midfield a bit of bite, an injection of urgency. What are you waiting for? I asked McKay. Turn the bloody car round.’
However, McKay then broke Barton’s heart by revealing it wasn’t actually Ferguson on the phone, but his friend Charlie.
For a man of Barton’s, ahem, supreme intellect, he probably should have guessed that United were unlikely to be vying for his signature at that point in his career.