Joey Barton going nowhere, says QPR chief Phillip Beard

QPR captain Joey Barton
Barton moved to Loftus Road from Newcastle United in the summer

QPR chief Phillip Beard has dismissed speculation that captain Joey Barton will be among the first players moved on by new manager Mark Hughes.

A Sunday newspaper has suggested that the 29-year-old midfielder is unlikely to figure in Hughes's long-term plans.

But Beard told Radio 5 live Sportsweek that he was "flabbergasted" to hear the news.

QPR midfielder Joey Barton

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QPR 'flabbergasted' by Barton rumours

"I can categorically tell you there's been no discussions in the time I've spent with Mark or his team this week about anyone leaving," he added.

"[Barton] is the captain, he came in the summer and is part of the building work we want to do.

"He has been fantastic in my six months at the club."

Beard went on to point out that Rangers are looking to add to their squad in the January transfer window, rather than deplete it.

"We are not a selling club," he stated. "We're in the market to buy one or two players.

"We're talking to several clubs about options, so I'm cautiously optimistic that we can strengthen the squad."