By Alex Stevens
Leeds have ruled out making a move to sign Joey Barton, according to a reliable journalist.
The Herald Scotland claim that Leeds manager Garry Monk could turn to Barton as he looks to guide the Championship club to a play-off spot this season.
This comes amid widespread reports that the controversial midfielder has agreed a pay-off deal with Rangers that will leave him free to join another club in the January window.
But Yorkshire Evening Post correspondent Phil Hay has poured cold water on the possibility of Barton, 34, moving to Elland Road.
“Saw talk of Leeds potentially signing Joey Barton in January,” Hay reported on his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning. “I’m told that the club definitely won’t be approaching him.”
Saw talk yesterday of Leeds potentially signing Joey Barton in January. I’m told that the club definitely won’t be approaching him. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHayYEP) November 10, 2016
The midfielder penned a Rangers two-year deal worth around £20,000 per week when he became the highest profile signing of the summer in Scottish football and completed a switch from Burnley.
It is said that Barton was offered around £250,000 to walk away from his deal which runs until summer 2018, and he agreed to take it on Tuesday night.
Talks over a compromise agreement took place after Barton produced a doctor’s line saying he was unfit to work.
Leeds went into the international break on a crest of a wave after winning nine out of 12 matches to climb into the top six of the Championship for the first time since December 2013.
In other Leeds transfer news, Russell Crowe has urged the Yorkshire giants to sign this prolific striker.