THERE could be some more unwelcome news for Barnsley fans this week with influential midfielder Jacob Butterfield looking odds-on for a move into the Premier League with Norwich City.
Speculation has intensified that former Reds skipper Butterfield could be on his way to join new manager Chris Hughton at Carrow Road, with all this coming hot on the heels of Reds’ target Oliver Norwood’s decision to join Championship rivals Huddersfield Town late last week.
Now out of contract at Oakwell, Butterfield has previously insisted that he would only snub the offer of a new Reds deal if a Premier League outfit came in for him, but it now looks as though the 22-year-old is set to get his dream switch into the big league.
Butterfield said: “I’ve said all along that I want to play in the Premier League - it’s where I’ve wanted to play since I was a little boy.
“If that doesn’t happen then I don’t want to play for any other Championship team – I’m happy at Barnsley.
“There should be some developments over the next few days but I can’t go into any details at the moment.”
A host of other top flight clubs – including Newcastle, Sunderland, Everton and Reading – have also been linked with a potential move for Butterfield.
However, his chances of a move to Norwich will have been helped by last September’s super strike in a 1-1 draw against Hughton’s former side, Birmingham.