BARNSLEY: Marlon Harewood returns to Oakwell in a cut price deal

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BARNSLEY yesterday signed free agent Marlon Harewood on a one-year contract.

The former West Ham, Notts Forest, Newcastle and Aston Villa striker had been on trial with Sheffield Wednesday, but the 32-year-old switched to Oakwell where he played 10 games on loan during the 2010-2011 season after recieving no offer from the Owls.

He has joined on reduced financial terms to those when he signed for the club on loan in February 2011. Harewood scored four goals during that loan spell and has been recruited by Reds manager Keith Hill as cover for the injured Mido, with the Egyptian striker out with a hamstring inury.

“We’ve signed Marlon on a good deal for the club, he was a realistic with the wages we can pay him,” said director Don Rowing.

However, there are “complications” in trying to sign Stoke City goalkeeper Carlo Nash on loan.

“There’s a doubt at the moment,” admitted Rowing. “Stoke want a recall on the player for September 1, which suits us, but that’s creating problems with the deal going through.”

Barnsley are also in talks with former Coventry City defender Martin Cranie. The defender is a free agent, having turned down a new contract offer with the Sky Blues.