Date: 17th July 2012 at 10:29am
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Rumours linking Wednesday with a loan move for QPR midfielder Joey Barton are gaining momentum.

Reports linking the Owls with the former Manchester City and Newcastle United man first surfaced last week and are now gathering pace.

Wednesday boss Dave Jones has been questioned over the links and although refusing to confirm any approach to the Loftus Road club, he said Barton’s reputation wouldn’t put him off bringing him to Hillsborough.

He said: ‘I wouldn’t be frightened of bringing him here if he became available.’

QPR are understood to be keen to loan the 29-year-old out next season, with Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers also reported to be keen on his services.

Any club taking on the midfielder would have to be patient – Barton will miss the first 12 games of next season through a suspension following his involvement in the end-of-season fracas at Manchester City.