Sheffield Wednesday are rivalling Blackburn and Nottingham Forest's interest in taking QPR rebel Joey Barton on loan. (QPR 6/5 to win opening match against Swansea).
The Owls' manager Dave Jones has said he wouldn't be put off by Barton's notorious behaviour and reputation, as reports suggest QPR manager Mark Hughes will be open to offers for the midfielder. (QPR 7/1 to have top 8 finish).
The 29-year-old was stripped of the club captaincy and banned for the first 12 games of the season following a shocking sending-off against Manchester City in the final game of the Premier League season when he elbowed Sergio Aguero and scuffled with City players such as Vincent Kompany and Carlos Tevez.
Wednesday boss Jones said: "If Joey Barton was to be made available by Queens Park Rangers, then he would definitely be a player we would look at, it would need to be the right deal for Joey and for the club. He may have a reputation but so do lots of players we have at this club. It wouldn't put me off bringing someone of Joey's calibre into the club."
Barton's current manager Hughes still recognises his ability as a player though, and it is still uncertain he will get the right deal for the player. However, the Welshman recognises a loan to the championship will be an ideal way to run down the player's 12 match suspension swiftly. (QPR 5/6 to have 14th or worse finishing position).