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What did Leeds United boss Steve Evans say about signing Joey Barton in August?

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The current Leeds boss was linked with Barton when Rotherham United manager.

Plenty has been said this week regarding Leeds United and Joey Barton.

It came after former boss Neil Redfearn revealed a desire to bring him to the club whilst he was Leeds manager and after Barton himself refuted claims he had made his desire to join the club clear.

Evans came out yesterday to discuss the Barton chatter, telling TV Yorkshire:

"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."

It is clear that the Scot is a big fan of the former QPR midfielder, who signed for Burnley on a free transfer this summer. Because in the summer his former club Rotherham United were linked with the player.

In August however Evans made it clear that he would want Barton at the club, but that Rotherham would have no chance of signing him.

He was quoted by the BBC as stating:

"I don't think we could afford Joey's petrol, never mind Joey.

"Our problem would be funding Joey's Ferrari or whatever he's driving to Rotherham from where he lives.

"I think he's an outstanding footballer - when I saw West Ham linked with him I thought he'd be signing.

"If Joey Barton wants to come play for Rotherham United, give me a ring, Joey."

Evans is clearly a fan of Barton and if the chance had arose to bring him to Leeds whilst Evans was at the club then, perhaps, he could have convinced Barton to forget the off-pitch woes at Elland Road and join the club.

As it is Barton is now with promotion hunting Burnley and Leeds have plenty of top young midfielders coming through, so jealousy should be mooted.

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