Barnsley: Reds weigh up move for ex-Owls striker

Ex-Owls striker Leroy Lita is on Barnsley's radar.
Ex-Owls striker Leroy Lita is on Barnsley's radar.
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Barnsley are interested in signing former Sheffield Wednesday loan striker Leroy Lita.

And The Star understands that a deal to sign former Stoke City winger Liam Lawrence could also happen this month. Lawrence, whose two-year contract with Greek club PAOK expires on August, has been training with the Reds squad for just over a week.

However, the potential signing of Lita, who is out of favour at Swansea City, is likely to excite many Reds fans. Lita’s signature would likely take some of the pressure off leading scorer Chris O’Grady to score most of the club’s goals.

Reds boss Danny Wilson has expressed his desire to sign a new striker, as well as add pace to his side.

He has so far recruited Stoke City winger Brek Shea on loan and Liverpool right-back Ryan McLaughlin on 28-day loan deals.

But a lack of goals has been a big concern for the Reds this season and Lita, who scored seven goals in 17 games while on loan with the Owls, could be the man to re-ignite their strikeforce.

Lita, who joined Middlesborough from Swansea City in a £1.75 million deal in July 2011, has had loan spells with Birmingham, the Owls and, more recently, Brighton. It is understood the 29-year-old former England Under-21 international has previously turned down advances from Barnsley. His contract at Swansea runs out at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Barnsley issued a statement yesterday offering free tickets to any of the 372 travelling Reds fans who made a wasted journey to The Valley last Saturday for the club’s postponed fixture with Charlton Athletic.

“We wanted to make a gesture to our fans who have been magnificent all season,” said Barnsley chief executive Ben Mansford.