Joey Barton vows to help The Smiths reunite

QPR midfielder says reuniting band would 'top anything he could achieve on the football pitch'

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton has vowed to try and help The Smiths patch up their differences and reunite as a band.

The footballer, who is a well-known fan of The Smiths, told The Sun that he would try his best to help the estranged pair of Morrissey and Johnny Marr reunite and said he reckoned achieving a reunion would better anything he could achieve in football.

He told the paper: “If I could get The Smiths back together that would top anything I could achieve on the football pitch.”

Barton, who posted a picture on his Twitter account of him hanging out with Morrissey earlier in the summer and is known to have spent time with Marr, also said that he believed the guitarist was warming toward the idea of a reunion.

Barton added:

They told me they had turned down £40million for a reunion — but I reckon Marr is up for it.

The midfielder, who was speaking at the Q Awards, also expressed his admiration for Lana Del Rey, later tweeting: “Am thinking I have a bit of a crush on Lana Del Rey, well her voice anyway!”

The Smiths recently reissued their entire back catalogue, with each of their studio albums digitally remastered from their original tapes, three compilations and a live album all re-released last month.

You can see a previously unseen Smiths documentary which comes with the reissues by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.