Striker stays at Oakwell for time being

Reds striker John Cofie
Reds striker John Cofie
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Barnsley striker John Cofie is not going to join Scunthorpe United on loan – for the time being at least.

Former Manchester United marksman Cofie has yet to make his debut for the Reds despite penning a one-year deal with the club in July this year.

There have been suggestions he might have moved on for game time.

But The Star understands any loan move away from Oakwell is now on hold.

The Reds had been in talks with Scunthorpe about letting Cofie join up with Reuben Noble-Lazarus, the versatile left-sided player, who joined The Iron on loan last week until 1 January.

But an Oakwell source told The Star that “John will not be going out on loan at the moment”.

Reds’ boss David Flitcroft, whose side return to Championship action away to Millwall on Saturday, have four senior recognised strikers in Chris O’Grady, Marcus Pedersen, Jason Scotland and Chris Dagnall.

Young striker Danny Rose is out injured for an expected month, so Cofie could be called upon if Flitcroft’s side picks up any injuries to the forward line.