Barnsley: Reds poised to unveil Lawrence

Liam Lawrence, right, is set to join Barnsley.
Liam Lawrence, right, is set to join Barnsley.
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Barnsley are set to unveil Liam Lawrence as their third new signing today since new boss Danny Wilson took charge.

The Star understands the former Sunderland and Stoke City winger has been released from his current two-year contract at Greek club PAOK and will sign for the Reds on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Wilson has stressed the need to freshen his squad with new talent as soon as possible and after tough games against Blackpool and Blackburn this month, the club faces what could prove to be a pivotal February in their bid for survival. Wilson’s men play derby rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Doncaster Rovers, as well as Ipswich Town and Millwall.

“Time goes very fast in January believe it or not,” said Wilson. “Ideally I’d like to get some new players in as soon as possible, but usually you have to go right to the death.

“We’ve got to fight against other clubs and that’s not easy, but we’ve identified players and are working hard to strengthen.”

Wilson has already recruited Stoke City winger Brek Shea and Liverpool right-back Ryan McLaughlin on loan. And Wilson is also still trying and sign a striker to take the pressure off leading scorer Chris O’Grady.

Former Sheffield Wednesday marksman Leroy Lita is one striker on his wish-list, although the Reds face competition for his signature.

“We’ve got two players into the club, but I’d like a few more,” admitted Wilson. “We’ve already got two loan players in Marcus Pedersen and Peter Ramage, so we can only have three more loan players [allowed in a match day squad]. We need to score more and it’s important that other players chip in to take the pressure off Chris.”

The Reds match at Wigan Athletic, scheduled for Saturday January 25, has been postponed. The Latics progressed into the fourth round of the FA Cup after overcoming League One MK Dons at the second attempt, meaning Barnsley’s league clash at the DW Stadium has to be rearranged. It will now take place on Tuesday February 18,