Striker and centre-back top wanted list

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is targeting another centre-back and striker to bolster his new-look Reds side.

Hill has already swooped to bring in six new signings at Oakwell since he took charge little over a month ago.

And the 42-year-old is hungry to continue strengthening his squad ahead of the club’s week-long intensive pre-season tour to Benavista in Spain (July 6 ro 13).

“I’ve got to be realistic because I haven’t got the money to go and buy Kevin Nolan, but there are players I’m looking at and hopeful of getting in,” Hill told The Star.

“I’d like another centre-back and I do think we’re a little light up front, so that’s another area I’d like to strengthen.

“We do need a bit more depth in the squad, there’s no doubt about that, but I’m really pleased with the players that I’ve brought in so far.

“The players we’ve got had a good pedigree and I believe we can help them become better players.

“We’re a bit light in that [striker] department so I’m looking at that area, but I’ve been quite happy planning from back to front.

“I’ve signed Craig Davies and I do believe he’s got great potential and will do well in the Championship.

“And then we’ve got some good defenders and a couple of decent midfielders. We’re trying to strengthen throughout the squad.

“Up front we’ve got [Danny] Haynes, [Andy] Gray and Davies, but I know we need another striker to complement that unit.

“I’d like to have a couple more signed before we go to Spain.”

After seven days in Marbella, the Reds return home for two days before their opening pre-season friendly of the season, away to Hibernian at Easter Road on July 16.

Hill is confident the club’s pre-season trip close to the Mediterranean Sea will be a “great” team-building exercise, a chance for new and old players to bond and the manager and assistant David Flitcroft to start building relationships with their charges.

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