Report: Leeds cool interest in Joey Barton, target Steve Sidwell

Leeds have reportedly cooled interest in former Newcastle and QPR midfielder Joey Barton and are targeting Stoke City’s Steve Sidwell.

Leeds United are interested in signing Steve Sidwell from Stoke City this summer, according to The Sun.

It has been reported by the British tabloid that Leeds head coach Uwe Rosler sees the 32-year-old midfielder as a player who can help his team push for promotion from the Championship next season.

According to The Sun, Rosler has cooled his interest in former Manchester City and Newcastle United midfielder Joey Barton.

The 32-year-old is a free agent at the moment, having parted company with London outfit Queens Park Rangers at the end of the 2014-15 campaign.

Good signing?

Sidwell joined Stoke in the summer of 2014 after leaving Fulham, but he has failed to make a big impact at the Britannia Stadium so far.

The former Chelsea and Aston Villa midfielder could feature in just 12 Premier League matches last season, creating one chance in the process.

The ex-Arsenal prospect had a pass accuracy of 84%, and won nine headers, two dribbles and 11 tackles.

Sidwell has one more year left on his contract at Stoke, which means that Leeds will have to pay a transfer fee to sign the former Arsenal prospect this summer.

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