BARNSLEY: Free agent duo Mido and Mellis expected to hold talks at Oakwell

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BARNSLEY are working hard to try and sign former Tottenham striker Mido and former Chelsea and Sheffield United midfielder Jacob Mellis.

Mido and Mellis are both free agents and The Star understands the duo are expected for talks at Oakwell to see if contracts can be agreed. And The Star has also learnt Egyptian international Mido is set to have a medical at the club today with a view to a permanent deal. Reds boss Keith Hill is keen to add experience to his squad - and Mido certainly fits the bill having played over 50 times for his country.

The 29-year-old has also played at the highest level with Spurs in the Premier League, initially on a loan deal in the 2005-2006 season, before a permanent move the following season. In all Mido played 63 times for the club and scored 20 goals.

Mido has also had playing spells at Dutch giants Ajax, French side Marseille, Italian outfit Roma, and is well-known in England having played for Middlesbrough, Wigan and West Ham.

However, Mido’s fallout with his former coach Hassan Shehata is believed to be the reason why he was released early from his contract at Egyptian side Zamalek, the club where he began his professional career back in 1999.

And 21-year-old midfielder Mellis could also make a return to Oakwell having been released from his contract at Chelsea. Mellis was shown the door in April this year following a bizarre incident at Chelsea’s Cobham training ground. He and a fellow teammate set off a smoke grenade which caused a full-scale evacuation. The following month the player was arrested after a fight with his girlfriend in their Cobham home and cautioned for common assault and criminal damage.

Last season Mellis had an unsuccessful trial with Queen’s Park Rangers, but is hungry to get his career back on track.