No Blackpool move for Barton

  • Last Updated: August 13 2012, 18:28 BST

Ian Holloway has quashed speculation that Blackpool are poised to move for QPR midfielder Joey Barton.

Joey Barton: Not set for Blackpool switch

Joey Barton

17. Joey Barton

Title Number
Appearances 33 (1)
Goals 2
Assists 2
Yellows 11
Reds 1
*Current Season

Barton will begin a 12-match ban this weekend following his sending off and subsequent actions on the final day of last season against Manchester City.

A summer stint training with npower Football League newcomers Fleetwood finished at the weekend after QPR rejected the idea of Barton spending time on loan in League Two.

That prompted a number of national newspapers to link Barton with a switch to last season's beaten Championship play-off finalists, but Holloway insists such talk is wide of the mark.

"I haven't got a clue where the Joey Barton rumours came from," he told the Blackpool Gazette. "I can't sign someone who I couldn't pick for 12 matches.

"If you look at the central midfield players I have, that's not the area I need players. I need strikers. Joey's a great lad but I don't know where that talk came from."