Reds hold out hope for Gai deal

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BARNSLEY director Don Rowing says a deal to sign Manchester City midfielder Gai Assulin on loan could be resurrected in January.

Assulin had agreed a deal to join the Reds until January 3, but the Israel international contacted Reds boss Keith Hill on loan deadline day to reveal he wasn’t 100 per cent fit and the deal was called off.

“It was honest for the player to admit he wasn’t totally fit, so we decided not to do the deal this time” said Rowing.

“But that doesn’t preclude us trying to sign him when the transfer window re-opens. He’s a player Keith admires very much.”

Midfielder Nathan Doyle was the only player to leave Oakwell having agreed a deal to join Preston North End on loan until January 3.

Doyle had attracted interest from a few clubs including Chesterfield, but decided to team up with former boss Phil Brown at Deepdale. Brown managed Doyle in his playing spells with Derby County and Hull City. “There were a few clubs interested in signing Nathan, but he wanted to go to Preston,” revealed Rowing.

“It’s only a short-term deal, but it’s a good opportunity for him to get some games under his belt because he’s not played that much this season.”

And Rowing confirmed there had be no interest for any other players to leave the club before the window shut.