Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has confirmed that he would be interested in bringing Joey Barton to Hillsborough, should the midfielder become available.
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Barton, 29, has been told that he is on a final warning at Queens Park Rangers following his dismissal on the final day of the season, which saw him punished with a 12-match ban for several counts of violent conduct.
There is, however, a widespread belief that the West London side would be happy to see Barton head for the exit doors.
Jones told BBC Radio Sheffield: "If he became available then he would be a player we'd look at. The deal would need to be right for the club and for Joey."
"He's got a reputation but then so have a number of players we've got at this club and it wouldn't be something that would put us off bringing a player of Joey's calibre to the club. "We wouldn't have him for 12 games and that would be something we'd have to consider."
Barton joined QPR on a free transfer only last summer, having been allowed to leave Newcastle following disagreements with club officials.