BARNSLEY: No official approach for free agent Jacob Butterfield, insist Reds

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BARNSLEY have had NO official bids for star player Jacob Butterfield.

Championship champions Reading and Premier League high-fliers Newcastle United are both rumoured to be keen to secure Butterfield’s signature now he is a free agent.

But Reds director Don Rowing told The Star: “We’ve had no offers for Jacob, it’s just rumours. We’ve offered Jacob a new deal and we hope he signs it, but it’s down to the player what he wants to do.

“If Reading and Newcastle are interested in signing him then they should give the club a call.”

If Butterfield opts not to accept a new two-year deal, the Reds will more than likely be entitled to some sort of compensation fee because he is under 24 and any potential deal would go to a tribunal.

“If Jacob leaves then we could get some fee, but we’ll have to deal with that possibility if it happens,” added Rowing.

Meanwhile, Reds boss Keith Hill is keen to give youth a chance next season.

“We wanted to retain our competitive edge, but I was encouraged by the way the young players performed,” said Hill.

“There’s more to come from these players, it’s a case of making sure they’re educated every day so that when they do get their opportunities they’re ready.

“But they’ve also got to realise the pressure of doing things wrong, which is helpful in terms of their education.

“I’m really optimistic about their futures, but their futures doesn’t mean one or two games. It means playing 40 to 50 games and then they can really establish themselves.”