Bookmakers have been quick to slash odds over night for Joey Barton to join West Ham as the news broke yesterday evening that Kevin Nolan has left the Hammers by mutual consent.
Bet Victor remains the only bookmaker prepared to take money on Barton’s next club after others suspended betting on the 32 year old.
The bookies have him pegged as a 7/4 chance to join West Ham before the Tuesday transfer deadline making the Hammers second favourites to bag the controversial player behind Burnley who remain odds on favorites at 4/9.
Claret and Hugh columnist EXWHUEmployee has added weight to the possibility suggesting Barton could still join the club.
Just one week ago Irons manager Bilic was asked by reporters whether fan power had scuppered the Barton deal.
Slaven replied: “No, no, it was altogether. It was not just one thing. We were thinking about Joey. I like him as a player. We discussed, we had some talks and ideas about him. But after that, we decided, and Joey also, not to do it. It was not the best timing.”
Speaking to the KUMB podcast recently David Sullivan said his piece on Joey Barton:
Has the club had a chance of heart? Were the couple of players Sullivan mentioned who didn’t fancy it, Nolan and Maiga?
Is the timing now right with Nolan and seemingly Maiga outbound?