BARNSLEY have rejected an approach from Crystal Palace for winger Matt Done, while the club hope to sign Stoke City goalkeeper Carlo Nash as a replacement for the suspended Ben Alnwick.
The Eagles tabled a six-figure bid for Done on the eve of the new season, but Reds boss Keith Hill is loathed to sell, especially with winger Jim O’Brien sidelined for up to eight weeks. O’Brien sees a consultant today to determine the extent of a dislocated shoulder sustained in Saturday’s win at Rochdale.
Hill, known for recruiting developing sellable assets, is desperate to retain his best players to avoid a repeat of last season where the club’s form dipped following the sale of Ricardo Vaz. His leading scorer joined West Ham in January and, having extended his loan deal until the end of the season, Manchester United loan ace Danny Drinkwater was also tempted away.
Hill had hoped to keep both but, added to the injury to midfielder Jacob Butterfield, was left frustrated that his best players had left. However, with Palace having been told Done is not for sale, Hill is trying to resolve his goalkeeping crisis with Alnwick expected to be suspended for three matches following a red card against Dale.
First-choice keeper Luke Steele is out with a groin injury - and Nash has the right experience needed to cope until Alnwick and Steele are available. The 38-year-old has played at Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Preston and Stoke.
He signed a one-year deal with the Potters this summer as cover for fellow keepers Thomas Sorensen and Asmir Begovic, but is believed to have permission to go out loan with the chance to get some first-team matches.