Barnsley: Reds chief targets new faces despite double raid

Scunthorpe United's Sam Winnall has joined Barnsley.
Scunthorpe United's Sam Winnall has joined Barnsley.
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Barnsley made a double swoop yesterday for a striker and a goalkeeper.

But Barnsley boss Danny Wilson wants more new players before the new League One season kicks off in just under three weeks time.

Wilson worked his magic to sign striker Sam Winnall from Scunthorpe United on a three-year deal.

And he made his third signing in the space of two days by adding Doncaster Rovers goalkeeper Ross Turnbull to his squad on a two-year contract. Turnbull is no stranger to Oakwell having twice been on loan with the Reds.

The Star also understands that there could be another signing from Rovers with midfielder James Coppinger strongly linked with a move to Oakwell.

“We’ve had to be really patient getting players in, but the last couple of days have been ‘all hands on deck’,” admitted Wilson. “We’ve had to wait and see what Chris O’Grady and Luke Steele wanted to do.

“When we knew they wanted to leave we had to act and replace them as quickly as possible.”

Striker O’Grady, the Reds’ leading scorer last season with 15 goals, joined Brighton and Hove Albion on a three-year deal having wanted to continue playing his football in the Championship, while shot–stopper Luke Steele opted for a move to Greek outfit Panathinaikos with the chance to play Champions League football this season.

And so Wilson move quickly to add Winnall to his ranks, impressed with the player having had him watched on numerous occasions.

Last season the 23-year-old bagged 23 goals in 45 appearances for the Iron as they won promotion from League Two.

The former Wolves forward was also nominated for the League Two Player of the Year award.

Winnall penned a one-year deal with Scunthorpe last summer, but was tempted away from Gladford Park with Wilson gunning to get his side back into the Championship after last season’s disappointing relegation.

“Sam’s got an eye for goal; he’s a good signing for us,” added Wilson.