FA ‘set to block Barton loan move’

The Football Association are set to block any attempt by Joey Barton to see out his 12-match ban by going out on loan, according to The Sun.

Barton is currently training at Fleetwood Town, with QPR supposedly keen to loan him out so that his suspension is served quickly because of the large number of games lower-division teams face early in the season.

Championship clubs Nottingham Forest, Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday are also reported to be interested in the controversial midfielder.

It is suggested that a short-term loan would require an application to the FA and the chances of getting a move pushed through is seen as unlikely.

Meanwhile, Portuguese newspaper A Bola report that Benfica are closing in on the signing of QPR’s Armand Traore.

Ashley Cole could be content to let his Chelsea contract run down without signing a new deal before his current one expires next year, the Daily Mirror say.

Cole has still not been offered a contract extension and it is said that sources close to the England left-back have indicated he is prepared to keep his options open.

The Daily Mail say Victor Moses wants talks with manager Roberto Martinez as Wigan continue to block a transfer to Chelsea.

Moses is said to have set his heart on a move to Stamford Bridge but the Blues have had a number of bids for him rejected, the latest apparently being for £6.5m.

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