Sheffield Wednesday interested in signing QPR’s Joey Barton
Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones says he is interested in signing Joey Barton if the QPR midfielder becomes available
Dave Jones has hinted Sheffield Wednesday would be willing to take a risk on Joey Barton if the Queens Park Rangers midfielder should become available this summer.
The 29-year-old is set to serve a 12-game ban after the former Newcastle United captain was sent off for violent conduct in QPR’s final game of the season for clashing with Carlos Tévez.
The Hoops launched their own disciplinary inquiry which resulted in Barton being stripped of the captaincy and issued with a final warning at Loftus Road.
“If he did become available it’s something we would look at, but there would be many things to consider,” said Sheffield Wednesday boss Jones.
“I wouldn’t be frightened of bringing him here if he became available. His reputation would not put me off.”
Meanwhile, QPR manager Mark Hughes revealed on Monday that he has yet to decide who is to replace Barton as the club’s new captain.
“I haven’t made a decision on who is going to be the captain yet,” Hughes, 48, told QPR’s website.
“I think that, as the pre-season goes on, individuals will come forward and it will be easier to make that decision.
“It’s important the captain on the field has a good relationship with the group and is able to get my message over to the players as they play.
“You can do all the work leading into the game but come kick-off, my message may be lost. It’s important that you have a captain that can communicate well on the field of play.
“We’ll have to wait and see, but I’m sure that an obvious candidate will make themselves known.”
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