Barnsley: Medical holds the key as Reds boss tries to finally land his man

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BARNSLEY have been linked with a move to sign former Manchester City striker Kelvin Etuhu, writes Neil Goulding.

Reds boss Keith Hill tried to the sign Etuhu nearly a year ago having just taken over the managerial reigns at Oakwell, but the 23-year-old failed a medical prior to the club flying out to Marbella for an intensive one-week pre-season training camp.

However, The Star understands that Hill is lining up a second swoop for the player, especially with experienced striker Andy Gray having been released at the end of last season.

Etuhu, who can also play as a winger, played 13 games on loan at Portsmouth last season, but, with Pompey having been relegated to League One, it’s believed he wants to continue playing in the Championship.

And having played four games on loan under Hill when he was in charge at Rochdale back in 2007, Etuhu is fancied to sign for the Reds if he can pass a medical at the second time of asking.

Etuhu has also had loan spells with Leicester City and Cardiff City, but hinsleys career has not been short of controversy.

In March 2011 the former Premier League footballer was jailed for eight months for his part in a drunken street brawl which left a man with a broken jaw. He was released from his contract, but since his release has tried to turn his career around.

Hill has targeted as many as five new signings this summer, but as hit early stumbling blocks in his quest to strengthen his squad.

The club have had offers for Brighton defender Gordon Greer and Manchester United midfielder Oliver Norwood refused, although The Star understands that the Reds might make an improved bid for Norwood.