Leeds United linked midfielder and free agent is a big fan of playing at Elland Road.
The paper claim Leeds want to hold talks this week with the recently released QPR star.
Barton is known for his controversial comments and at-times volatile on pitch actions, and would certainly be an interesting signing by equally unpredictable owner Massimo Cellino.
At this point it remains speculation, but one fact previously established is that Barton is a big fan of Leeds United's stadium Elland Road.
He stated as such via his Twitter page in 2013, after playing in and setting up a goal for QPR in the R's 1-0 win, himself having a strike disallowed for offside.
Despite having vowed not to play in the Championship for QPR that season after a year on loan before at Marseille, Barton used his social media account to wish Leeds well and talk about his admiration for the fans, citing the 'great' atmosphere.
Another 1-0. Another 3 points. Knew I was onside for the goal. Doesn't matter who scores as long as we win. Love playing at Elland Rd.— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 31, 2013
Proper stadium. Great atmosphere and lovely surface. Wish Leeds all the best for this season. QPR march on...— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) August 31, 2013
None of this makes the Barton to Leeds links more real than just paper talk at this point, but if negotiations do get going, the midfielder will clearly take less convincing of the merits of moving to the club, even if he were to hold any concerns over Cellino's approach.