Joey Barton has insisted that he would love to re-sign the likes of Lewie Coyle and Jason Holt if Leeds and Rangers make them available again in the future, in comments reported by the Blackpool Gazette.
The Gers ace has returned to Ibrox prematurely after he sustained an injury in the win away at Accrington Stanley at the end of last month. Before that, he had made 33 league appearances for the League One side.
Coyle has also been a key player for Barton's men. The Whites full-back returned to the club in the summer after a successful loan spell last term, and he has gone on to play 35 times in the league this year.
And Barton has confirmed that they are two of the players that he would love to bring back as he was asked about signing Ched Evans on a permanent basis.
“It will be on the finances. I don’t have a magic wand," he said, as reported by the Blackpool Gazette. “One side in our division (Sunderland) has spent more on agents’ fees than our entire budget. If they decide they want him there is nothing we can do about it. They were sniffing around him in January.
“He’s a great player, becoming a real leader in the dressing room. I’d love to have him but I say the same about Coyley, Soutts, Jason Holt – great characters, who really added to our group.
“We are hoping they like it enough here that if they are not playing for their parent clubs in higher divisions they will be part of what we are trying to build at this football club.”
It remains to be seen if Rangers and Leeds have any plans for the pair in the summer. Steven Gerrard has a large group of midfielders available to him within the Gers squad, while Marcelo Bielsa has added more depth to his full-back options over the course of the season with both Jamie Shackleton and Gjanni Alioski featuring there.
Of the two, Holt's future with Rangers looks a little more uncertain. He is a tenacious player, but there is a lot of quality in the middle of the park at Ibrox, with the likes of Steven Davis and Glen Kamara arriving in January to add to an already congested pecking order.
Leeds fans meanwhile, would love to see Coyle make the grade, but it is going to be a difficult task, especially if he wants to be playing regularly from next season. Luke Ayling looks to be back to his best, and promotion would make it even tougher for the academy graduate should they get across the line.
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