Steve Evans takes shot at former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn, describes lengths he would go to to sign Joey Barton

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The Leeds manager has been commenting on recent comments regarding previous Leeds interest in Barton.

Former Leeds United boss Neil Redfearn made the headlines this week. He appeared to claim, in an interview with Radio Yorkshire, when he was at the club a list of top players were interested in joining the club.

The players in question were Jason Shackell, Matty Phillips, Charlie Adam and Joey Barton. The latter, who is now at Burnley, then took to Twitter to refute the claims in as polite a manner as possible:



Leeds' apparently historic interest in Barton was therefore put to the current boss today. Evans, who has had some choice words to say regarding Redfearn in the past, again aimed a shot at the former Leeds youth and head coach.

He also went on to say how he would have showed his interest in Barton, as reported by TV Yorkshire:

"I read some comments from Joey Barton today saying that nobody from Leeds United spoke to him or his representatives. That's all I heard.

"Listen we can all pass wish lists. I'd love Ronaldo, I've got enough messy players but I've not got the Messi that matters.

"So from that point of view we can all write lists and they can be as fantasy as they want them to be.

"Joey Barton is a top, top footballer and if I had been head coach at Leeds United I would not have been making a phone call I would have been sitting at the edge of his drive.

"What I would say is if you are going to make claims and say you have spoken to players and representatives and the fanbase has to believe that then you have to be accurate don't you.

"Would Joey have known if his representatives had a call from Leeds United? 100 per cent if your Joey Barton."

Redfearn, who was recently sacked by Evans' former club Rotherham United, has certainly not come out of this episode with much credit.

Evans however probably did not need to comment on the matter - but it comes at a time when the club's current recruitment strategy is coming under scrutiny and the fans would like to see a Barton-like signing at the club.

Hopefully a line can now be drawn under this issue. Leeds need to start building for the future and Barton is not important in that regard.

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