Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has revealed that he would be keen on signing Joey Barton if the midfielder becomes available.
Barton faces an uncertain future at Queens Park Rangers following his sending-off on the final day of last season.
A reckless red card against Manchester City has cost the former England international a 12-match ban.
Reports suggest that QPR boss Mark Hughes, who has already stripped Barton of the captaincy at Loftus Road, would be open to loan offers.
Should that prove to be the case, Wednesday would be prepared to make an approach.
Jones is looking to piece together a side that can be competitive upon their return to the Championship, and is confident he could bring the best out of Barton.
"If he did become available it's something we would look at, but there would be many things to consider," said the Owls boss.
"I wouldn't be frightened of bringing him here if he became available.
"His reputation would not put me off."