REDS’ boss Keith Hill admits he is facing difficulties in trying to freshen up his squad with further new blood.
Now well into the January transfer window, Hill has been delighted to have snapped up striker Chris Dagnall on a permanent deal from Scunthorpe United and midfielder Danny Drinkwater on loan from Manchester United.
But trying to balance further potential ‘ins’ with possible ‘outs’ from the club is clearly proving to be a challenging task.
Hill said: “Business is business and these things take time.
“As long as we’re not falling behind the rest then at least we are making progress.
“Recruitment is difficult and always has been. It can be a cycle or a domino effect with players in and players out, and some of the players we’ve expressed interest in, other Championship clubs have too.
“That then begs the question can we meet the financial demands – probably not,” said Hill. “We’ve done well to recruit Chris Dagnall, but even then we had to meet the financial package that was also on the table from a League Two club to get him. That’s not being disrespectful to anyone at this football club, but it is difficult to recruit.
“We want to bring winners in though, people who want to succeed, players who want to improve and not players who are in the comfort zone.
“We’ve tried to open doors to a few players, but those doors are being slammed shut in our face because we just can’t compete.
“We have to compete in a different way, but we will do.
“Things do work, and can work given a bit of time though, look at Ricardo Vaz Te, Jim McNulty, David Perkins and Craig Davies.
“To add these players to the established players already here like Stephen Foster, Andy Gray, Bobby Hassell – they are all compatible and have all got different strengths.
“It’s now about collaborating those strengths enough to give us the chance to retain our Championship status. That’s very much the objective.”
Hill has revealed that inquiries have come into Oakwell for available pair Nathan Doyle and Danny Haynes, but only offers of loan deals.
Charlton have emerged as favourites for Haynes but nothing has been agreed as yet. Millwall are also interested.
Yesterday the Reds were being linked with a potential loan swoop for Manchester City’s young defender Ryan McGivern.
Barnsley were said to be vying with Championship rivals Bristol City for the Northern Ireland left-back’s signature, but the Star understands that that speculation is wide of the mark and Hill wouldn’t be drawn on it yesterday.
After opening the year with two defeats Barnsley face a trip to big-spending Leicester, who are only two points above the Reds.