BARNSLEY: Patient Keith Hill out to unearth ‘diamond’

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is hoping he finds himself a “real diamond” during the summer.

Hill took a gamble on former Bolton Wanderers’ striker Ricardo Vaz Te last summer - and the Portuguese playmaker rewarded him with 12 goals.

And even though Vaz Te ended up leaving for West Ham on transfer deadline day, the Reds still pocketed a handsome £500,000 fee when he left Oakwell.

“You often sometimes find a real diamond if you’ve got the patience to look at different players,” said Hill.

“The players have got to have patience to be prepared to get involved with a four to six week trial period before the start of the season. Over that sort of period you find everything out about a triallist.

“In an ideal world you’d have your squad prepared for that trip, but it’s far from ideal trying to recruit players. They’ll be players we’ll be chasing right up until the start of the season.

“Business won’t be concluded, so I ask for a bit of patience with that.

“We’ve got the majority of our squad together, but we’ve got to make sure we get the right players at the right times.”

Meanwhile, the Reds have offered sought after midfielder Jacob Butterfield an improved deal to stay at the club, although it is expected the England Under-21 international will leave for a Premier League club now is contract has expired.

If Butterfield does decide to leave then the Reds are hopeful of recouping some fee for the player from a tribunal.