Barnsley: Agents block Reds striker move

Reds boss David Flitcroft, left, says defender Martin Cranie is unlikely to be available for selection until September.

Reds boss David Flitcroft, left, says defender Martin Cranie is unlikely to be available for selection until September.

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Manager David Flitcroft has expressed his frustration at Barnsley’s failure to bring in a new striker, blaming agents for their lack of movement in the transfer market.

It is no secret the Reds, who travel to Blackpool tomorrow looking for their first Championship point of the season, want more firepower up front.

In recent weeks, the Oakwell club have been linked with Aaron McLean and former Sheffield United player Billy Sharp.

But Flitcroft, who met the Reds board yesterday to discuss their transfer targets, feels agents are preventing potential deals from happening.

He said: “Agents are not telling players to come out on loan at the minute.

“If you do come out on loan as player, the agent doesn’t get paid so they are having a massive bearing on what happens in our current situation. If it is a permanent deal, the agent gets paid. It is simple.

“They are there to make money. There are good and bad ones. My dad was always my advisor and he told me to go and play but he didn’t have an ulterior motive. It is part of the world of football. There is nothing we can do about it.”

Flitcroft, who has confirmed Martin Cranie will be out of action for between three to four weeks after a scan revealed the defender twisted his knee in the club’s first round Capital One Cup hard-fought victory over Scunthorpe United in midweek, expects the transfer market to hot up come the end of the month.

“We are determined to keep looking for a striker; we are working really hard on bringing the best striker we can into the club,” he said. “I’m not going to panic and bring the wrong one in.”

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