BARNSLEY: Reds unlikely to add to squad before transfer window closes

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KEITH Hill has admitted it’s “unlikely” that he’s going to sign any new players before the transfer window closes.

Hill has until 11pm tomorrow to add to his injury-ravaged squad and, if he doesn’t, then the only way of freshening is with loan signings until the transfer window re-opens.

But although it is proving difficult for Hill to find the calibre of player he is looking for to impress in the Championship, that won’t stop in from trying to recruit right up until the last possible moment.

Hill told The Star: “It’s unlikely we’ll get anyone else in, but there’s always the possibility that you could do something. At the moment I’m getting names thrown at me left, right and centre, but there’s a fear-factor from some managers about letting their players leave to play for another club.

“It would help if there was a little bit more transparency on the issue because it would help everyone.”

Hill has strengthened his squad with eight new players this season, but injuries have hit the squad hard. He is currently without nine first-team players and no prospect of any of those being back in time for Saturday’s home match against Bristol City, the club’s last match before the pending two-week international break.

“Unfortunately we haven’t got that competitive element in training because we’ve got so many players injured,” admitted Hill. “I’ve got 13 senior players fit and available - and most of them know they’re going to play.

“To be successful you need that competitive edge on the training pitch and we need to get that back. I could have as many as four players back in time for the Blackpool game, but we’ll have to wait and see where we stand in the week before that game.”