Celtic and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Joey Barton from Newcastle United, but are looking to sign the player on loan, rather than sign the player on a permanent basis, according to the Mirror.
Barton's release from his contract at St James' Park has sparked a fury of speculation over his future, with the likes of Stoke City and Aston Villa both reportedly interested.
However, heavyweights Celtic and Tottenham, who are both set to play European football next season, are leading the race for Barton, but are planning an alternative deal for the midfielder.
Barton's disciplinary problems on and off the pitch mean many clubs are reluctant to make above for the England international, and Celtic and Tottenham are reportedly planning to launch a low risk loan bid rather than sign the 28-year-old up for three years.
Reports suggests a deal to take Barton to either Celtic or Tottenham would cost in excess of £11 million, a price both clubs are shirking at.
Newcastle announced on Monday that Barton would be surplus to requirements in the north east and would be ready to let him leave for free this summer.
Barton had previously turned down a new contract in January, and after a second deal wasn't forthcoming this summer, claimed he would leave Newcastle for free after this season.
Reports yesterday even suggested Barton could stay with Newcastle, but as yet Barton's future has yet to be sorted.