Report: Joey Barton opens talks with Rangers

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Rangers are in talks with Burnley midfielder Joey Barton.

According to a report from the Daily Record, Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has arrived in Glasgow to hold talks over a move to join Rangers this summer.

Barton, 33, has been one of the most controversial figures in English football during his time with Manchester City, Newcastle United and Queens Park Rangers, but he earned huge praise for his performances with Burnley in their promotion-winning season this term.

With his experience and will to win, Barton was key to the Burnley side - but with his contract expiring this summer, he can leave Turf Moor for free despite the Clarets returning to the Premier League.

Now, the Daily Record report that Barton has in fact arrived at Rangers' Murray Park training ground to hold talks over a stunning move to Ibrox this summer.

Barton was persuaded to join Burnley by Frank McParland, who has since left the Clarets and become Rangers' head of recruitment, meaning a reunion could be on the cards.

It's claimed that Barton would need to take a huge pay cut to join Rangers, but in a young squad containing the likes of Jason Holt, Barrie McKay and new signing Jordan Rossiter, adding Barton to the squad could be invaluable for manager Mark Warburton.

Barton will no doubt keep his options open as he awaits an offer from Burnley, but Rangers have swooped in to open talks today - and that puts them at the front of the queue for his signature.

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