Former Newcastle United midfielder Barton is currently a free agent after being released by Queens Park Rangers.
However, the British tabloid claims that Leeds “want to talk to Barton this week and put their case”.
Paying £1m per year to a 32-year-old is not ideal for any Championship club, but in Barton the West Yorkshire outfit will get a midfielder who knows the second tier of English football inside out.
The former Manchester City man is a tough, hard-tackling and no-nonsense midfielder who will be a good fit for any Championship team.
With Leeds fostering lofty ambition of returning to the Premier League, Barton would be a good signing, although there will be question marks on his temperament.