Barnsley move on to other player targets

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BARNSLEY will continue to scout the player market despite being thwarted in their attempt to sign Bournemouth defender Jason Pearce.

The Reds had a bid for the central defender rejected but were told he has agreed to join another club, possibly Reading.

Pearce, 25, was a key target for new Reds boss Keith Hill, but unfortunately he hasn’t been able to get his man this time as he looks to add to the early acquisitions of Craig Davies and David Perkins. Reds’ director Don Rowing revealed: “We made a bid for Jason, but we were told that he’d already made a promise to join another club.

“It’s a shame we couldn’t sign him because he’s a player Keith likes a lot.”

Reds skipper Jason Shackell has been linked with a move away from Oakwell, with the club having already rejected two £700,000 offers from Derby County for his services. But despite rumoured interest from both Burnley and Portsmouth, Rowing confirmed that only the Rams had made a firm offer for the player.

The Star understands the club wants to keep centre-back Shackell, one of their key performers last season.

But as yet manager Hill has not had a chance to meet the player and is planning on chatting with the centre-back later this week to discuss his plans going forward.

Shackell has two years left to run on a three year contract and Rowing was keen to stress to the club’s supporters that they were trying to keep their captain at Oakwell. “We’ve had no more offers for Jason, so he’s still our player and we want to keep him at the club, “ added Rowing.

“Until Keith gets a chance to chat to Jason then there’s nothing more to say other than he’s a Barnsley player.”

In less than a week Hill signed Chesterfield striker Davies and Colchester United midfielder Perkins.

And Rowing is hopeful the club’s supporters are getting excited about more new signings to follow. “We’ll do our best to keep our best players and sign players who help improve the club.”

Meanwhile, the Reds have terminated Liam Dickinson’s contract by mutual consent even though the striker had a year remaining at Oakwell.