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Hill chases midfielder as deadline looms

Friday 31st August 2012
Keith Hill.

Barnsley boss Keith Hill’s main priority ahead of tonight’s transfer deadline is to ensure none of his players leave while the Chronicle understands he is looking to bring in a new midfielder.


Crystal Palace have had two bids – the latest for £500,000 – rejected for winger Matty Done while Millwall have shown an interest in centre-half Jim McNulty.


Hill says he isn’t surprised that other clubs are looking at his players but insists he doesn’t expect any of them to leave in this transfer window.


He said: “It would be madness to sell Matty Done or Jim McNulty to our Championship rivals. I’ve got to try and take care of business here and, so far, no one else has come to me and said there’s been a further improved offer and I wouldn’t wish for one.


“I want to see Matty Done and Jim McNulty playing for Barnsley Football Club and the sooner they’re both back from injury the better it is for us."


Hill, who currently has ten players on the sidelines, is looking at strengthening his squad and has been looking at a midfielder.


No deal had been struck last night but Hill refused to rule anything out.


He said: “It’s possible that there will be business. We are down to 12 senior players who are fit and we started John Stones against Swansea and had Jordan Clark and Danny Rose on the bench.“We don’t want to put too much expectation on the young kids. We are very short on numbers but I only want to bring the right kind of player in.


“There’s always players available, it’s just got to be the right type of player to make us stronger and be fully inclusive in the squad of players when and where fit.


“Can I go and get Jordan Rhodes? If I could I would but it looks like he’s gone to Blackburn for £8million. Huddersfield will go and replace him with someone for £1million but it’s unfeasible for me to go out and do that.


“I know where those kinds of players are and if you gave me £1million and told me to spend it within 48 hours then I could.”