Joey Barton is now 12/1 to join Leeds; fans react on Twitter

Queens Park Rangers have released the midfielder - and he was previously linked with Leeds.

So Joey Barton is no longer a QPR player - and bookmaker Ladbrokes have informed HITC Sport the midfielder is now just 12/1 to join Leeds United.

The 32-year-old has previously expressed his wish to play for Leeds and the Daily Star recently linked him with a move while Neil Redfearn was in charge.

Redfearn is now gone but fans on Twitter appear to want the experienced midfielder at Elland Road nevertheless.

As for QPR, meanwhile, there has been mixed reaction on social media to his release from the west London club. But the majority of supporters do appear to feel it was the right time for Barton to leave the R's...

In terms of Barton's next destination, bookmakers have linked him with a number of sides - including his former club Newcastle United and newly promoted Watford.

But, with reports previously suggesting the ex-QPR man could join Leeds, there has naturally been plenty of attention to his release on Twitter from Whites fans.

Obviously, Barton comes with controversy. But he will also offer a no-nonsense, tough-tackling approach that - while looking out of place in the Premier League - could be just what United need in the Championship.

Here's how Leeds fans took the news of his release...

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