QPR midfielder Stephane Mbia has claimed his Twitter account was hacked after appearing to angle for a move back to former club Marseille on the social networking site.
The Cameroon international moved to Loftus Road last summer, with Joey Barton making a loan move to Marseille as part of the deal.
But, after being unable to help QPR avoid the drop, Mbia appeared to take to Twitter to contact Barton and see if he was interested in returning to the west London club in his place.
He wrote: "@Joey7Barton: Do you want to rechange (sic) your seat with me?"
However, when contacted by the Guardian, Mbia denied he had messaged Barton.
"I do not know how this happened, but someone must have got hold of my login and password because I did not write these things," he said.
"This was not me. I did not write the tweets, and I have made people at the club aware of that. I saw the messages this morning and spoke with the club about them, but now I see there are more appearing in my name."
Barton, who was sent off on his last appearance for QPR and was handed a subsequent 12-game ban for his subsequent histrionics against Manchester City, has repeatedly told of how he is enjoying his time in France with Marseille and was quick to respond to the Twitter Mbia's request.
"How do I answer this politically? Er...Nope (sic)," he tweeted.
"If you go down with a team, you should stay and help them up mate. They need you all to stick together and help them back."
The Twitter Mbia removed the tweet and said on the social networking site he only asked in jest, only to backtrack again shortly afterwards, tweeting: "No it was not a joke i delette (sic) my tweet on pressure. I want speak with QPR but they don't want to."