‘Hands off Haynes’ says Reds boss

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has issued a stay-away warning to any clubs interested in signing striker Danny Haynes before the transfer deadline shuts tonight.

Plenty of rumours have been circulating that Burnley are keen to sign Haynes before this evening’s 11pm deadline, after initial rumoured interest from Leicester City last month.

And Hill admits he’s fed up of all the talk on internet message boards and in the media about a move for the player, with no official approach having been received by the club.

“We’ve had no interest in Danny, none whatsoever,” said Hill. “If [Burnley boss] Eddie Howe wants him, then Eddie Howe should be phoning me.

“Everybody keeps talking about Burnley, but I don’t think Burnley have got an interest in Danny.

“If they have they’re doing it [showing their interest] the wrong way. They should be coming through the front door and speaking to me.

“I’ve had a great relationship with Eddie Howe, but he’s not phoned for me. Without a question somebody is trying to engineer a move for the player.

“Everything’s done through message boards, through the media and there’s no bravery to any communication anymore. That’s not the way I was brought up. I don’t believe in it, to be perfectly honest.”

Hill joked tongue-in-cheek: “Nobody is for sale, not even me and I am a good number six!”

Haynes signed a three-year contract at Oakwell in January this year.

And despite dropping the former Bristol City hitman to the substitutes’ bench for Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Millwall, Hill is a big admirer of Haynes and believes he can help him develop into an even better player.

“Danny is part of our squad and he will be part of our squad for the remainder of the season,” Hill told The Star.

“I’m looking forward to working with him and improving him, as well as giving him opportunities to be successful.

“But I think all this talk of clubs being interested in him can be unnerving and might have unsettled him,

“However, it’s simple because I’ve got to pick a side that gives me the best opportunity to win a football match and all the players have got to understand that.

“I was disappointed with his performance last week so we dropped him to the bench, but when he came on against Millwall he proved what a good player he is.

“You’ve got to perform like that everyday, though, not just one day. Football is about improving.

“Danny is an excellent player.”