BARNSLEY have had a bid rejected for Sheffield Wednesday defender Mark Beevers.
The Star understands the Reds offered the Owls £200,000 to secure the 21-year-old’s services.
But their South Yorkshire rivals snubbed the offer, with the youngster, a former England Under-19 international, believed to be key to manager Gary Megson’s future plans at Hillsborough.
“We made an offer to Sheffield Wednesday, but they came back with a straight ‘no’,” Reds boss Keith Hill revealed to The Star.
“Mark Beevers is a very talented player and someone I’d love to sign, but unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’re going to be able to do a deal.
“I’m disappointed, but at the same time at least we got a 100 per cent ‘no’ which means I can move and try and find other players. That’s business and you have to move on. He’s a skilful player and still developing, but it looks like he’ll be a Sheffield Wednesday player next season.”
Beevers has one year left to run on his current four-year contract with the Owls and was rumoured to have attracted the interest of Everton a couple of seasons ago.
Since making his debut aged 17, the 6ft 4in defender, a product of the club’s academy system, has made 127 appearances for the Owls and is a former club Player of the Year winner.
“I’ve got back-up targets and I’ll keep working hard to bring a couple more players into the club,” added Hill, who wants to recruit another defender and striker ahead of next season as he looks to complete a 22-man squad.
“We’re talking to a few players at the moment, so hopefully we can sort something out before pre-season training starts this week.
“We’re a bit light up front so I’m looking at a striker and ideally I’d like to sign another defender.
“I want multi-positional players at the club, we’re going to need those type of players this season if we are to be successful.”