BARNSLEY: Keith Hill awaits Oliver Norwood verdict on Reds

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has told The Star that the club have done everything they can to try to persuade Manchester United midfielder Oliver Norwood to join them.

Hill held talks with Norwood this week after a £400,000 fee was agreed between the clubs.

But Championship newcomers Huddersfield Town are also keen to land the player.

“It’s up to Oliver now to make his decision and to let us know what he wants to do,” said Hill, who has been aided in his quest by his assistant, David Flitcroft.

“We’ve gone as far as we can now,” added the Oakwell boss. “We’ve had some really good chats with him and really sold ourselves and the club.

“Oliver’s got to make the right decision for him and his family - and hopefully that decision is to play for Barnsley.”

The Reds have offered Norwood a three-year contract. on the best possible terms that they could afford.

“We’ve done everything we can to try and persuade him to join us,” added Hill. “We’ve offered good terms within our budget; there isn’t any more we could have done.

“We’ve had some great footballing discussions and told Oliver that Barnsley is a great club for building a career.

“It’s a great platform here to build and he’ll know that from previous players at the club who have gone on to greater things.”

As to when Norwood will inform Barnsley of his decision, Hill added: “We don’t know, it’s a progressive thing. We’ve given him time to go and make the best decision for himself.”

If Norwood does join the Reds, he would become the club’s fourth summer signing. Hill is still keen to sign a left-footed winger and a goalkeeper.

He said: “We left ourselves vulnerable last season. It’s important we have a good sized squad to compete in the Championship.”