BARNSLEY: Keith Hill in with shout of landing Red Devils starlet Oliver Norwood

Barnsley manager Keith Hill
Barnsley manager Keith Hill
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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill says a potential deal to sign Manchester United starlet Oliver Norwood is not yet dead.

The Reds have already had two offers for the highly-rated midfielder rejected as Hill continues to look to strengthen his squad.

But Hill has not given up hoping of signing Norwood, the 21-year-old who is believed to be wanted by a string of clubs. Last season Norwood impressed on loan at Coventry City, with previous loan spells at Scunthorpe United and Carlisle United with Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson keen to get the promising youngster games.

“We’ve had a couple of bids turned down [for Norwood], but hopefully we could still agree a deal,” Hill told The Star.

“I’m optimistic about signing the players we want, but we’ve got to be patient because some of the players we want are not available at the moment.

“But we’ve got a lot of meetings lined up with players and it’s really important we don’t make reactional signings.

“We’ve got in excess of 12 weeks until the new season starts, so we’ve still got time to get the players we want.

“We had a shopping trip to Portugal and have looked at a lot of untapped talent. It’s area we might explore further, but it’s about getting a good balance between enthusiasm and experience.”