Owls beat Reds to midfield ace

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has revealed he tried to capture Sheffield Wednesday’s new signing Mike Jones.

Hill and assistant manager David Flitcroft were both keen to bring the former Bury midfielder to Oakwell knowing his contract was due to expire in the summer. But Owls’ boss Gary Megson beat them to the 24-year-old’s signature, with Jones having made his debut for the club in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Charlton Athletic.

“We wanted to sign Jones, but unfortunately we didn’t manage to get out of the starting blocks,” admitted Hill.

“Sheffield Wednesday are going for promotion and they’ve done well to sign him; we were very interested but they got their first.

“It’s nobody’s fault we missed out on him, we knew he was out of contract in the summer, but they’ve obviously offered him some good money.

“Unfortunately we weren’t close at all in getting him, the deal was signed and done before we could get a chance to try and getting him to sign.

“He’s a very good player and the right calibre of player we believe we should be attracting to the club.

“Mike was one of a number of players we’ve been looking at, so we’ll have to see what happens before the transfer window shuts.”

Despite the disappointment of missing out on Jones’ signature, Hill told The Star that he has a “number” of transfer targets and would ideally like to strengthen his squad by “one, if not two players”.

Hill said: “I’d love to get the opportunity to sign some more players, but they have to be the right players.

“We’ve got a list of players we’d like to sign and we’ll continue to look at them to see if they’re going to be available.

“But I’m in no rush. I’m really pleased with the squad we’ve got at the moment and the way we’re progressing.

“I’m not going to be concerned if we don’t get anyone because the loan market will re-open again and that gives us options.”

Hill swooped to sign Scunthorpe striker Chris Dagnall earlier this month and offloaded striker Danny Haynes and defender Kern Miller, the latter on loan until the end of the season.

And ideally he’d love to add to his loan signings of midfielders Danny Drinkwater, from Manchester United, and Miles Addison, from Derby County.

“It was great to get Chris in, he’s fitted in really well, and to also extend deals for Danny and Miles,” said Hill. “All three of them are important members of our squad.

“But no one else will be leaving now before the window shuts apart from possibly Nathan Doyle, we’d be happy for him to leave.”