IAN Holloway has confirmed Joey Barton won’t be joining Blackpool.
The QPR midfielder announced over the weekend that his spell at Fleetwood Town was over, after he apparently failed to agree a six-month loan deal.
Barton faces a 12-match ban after being sent-off in the final game of last season at Manchester City.
And despite a number of national newspapers claiming he was set for a move to Blackpool, Holloway was quick to play it down.
“I haven’t got a clue where the Joey Barton rumours came from,” Holloway said.
“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.”