BARNSLEY: Reds consider Oliver Norwood move

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MANCHESTER United midfielder Oliver Norwood could be one of Barnsley’s new summer signings.

The Star understands that Reds boss Keith Hill is a big admirer of the player and keen to persuade the highly-rated 21-year-old playmaker to join the club.

Northern Ireland international Norwood had loan spells with Scunthorpe United and more recently Coventry City this season.

But with the Sky Blues having been relegated from the Championship it’s believed a number of clubs are clambering to secure the player’s signature.

Norwood started 17 times for Coventry this season and scored two goals, having made 14 starts for Scunthorpe earlier in the season.

The Burnley-born player was snapped up at the age of six by Manchester United.

Impressive performances for the club’s reserve team led to Norwood signing a professional contract with the club in July 2009 before an emergency loan spell at Carlisle United followed.

In August 2010, Norwood made his international debut for Northern Ireland and has since been capped five times for his country.

Defender Lee Collins, meanwhile, will sign a two-year contract with the club today.

The Reds paid Port Vale £50,000 to prize the 23-year-old away from Vale Park on a loan deal in March, on the provision that he would join on a permanent basis.

However, the Oakwell outfit have shown the door to striker Andy Gray and midfielder Nathan Doyle. But it is thought Gray could still sign for the club on reduced terms if he can’t find another club in the closed-season. Jim O’Brien is also considering a new two-year deal.