BARNSLEY: Not all of £7m John Stones money will be spent on players, says Reds boss Paul Heckingbottom

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Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom admits he does not know how much of the John Stones’ windfall will be spent on strengthening his squad.

The Reds have landed themselves a huge £7m from Stones’ £47.5m move from Everton to Manchester City, due to a 15 per cent sell-on clause from when the defender moved from Oakwell in 2013.

The local lad was given his first chance under former manager Keith Hill and started his career at the club at right-back before becoming England’s most expensive defender.

Owner Patrick Cryne has previously stated that the cash injection, whatever it more be, was not going to all be spent on transfers.

And Heckingbottom does not expect that sentiment to change after the confirmation of Stones’ transfer.

“Mr Cryne said it’ll be back into the football club, but it will be used wisely,” said Heckingbottom.

“It’ll be used to help the cash flow at the club for the next few years.

“It’s not going to be a case of ‘here’s x amount of pounds, go and spend it’.

“It’s going to be used as part of long term planning and hopefully improve us in the long run.”

One area where Heckingbottom may want to improve is up front after the injury to star striker Sam Winnall.

The Barnsley boss is expecting to be without the prolific marksman for up to a month, leaving just Tom Bradshaw, Stefan Payne and Shaun Tuton to choose from in his first team squad – although George Moncur can fill in if needed.

The 25-year-old was a key figure in Barnsley’s double success last term with 24 goals in all competitions.

Winnall had an MRI scan on Monday, after suffering a hamstring injury just four minutes into the Reds’ 4-2 opening day defeat to Ipswich.

Despite the setback, Heckingbottom in backing his talisman to come back stronger.

“We’re probably looking up to a month,” revealed Heckingbottom. “You have to go through the process until he’s symptom free and through his rehab.

“We need Sam, we want Sam back fit and before the game you could see he was ready to go.

“It’s upsetting and frustrating for him but he’ll come back better and it won’t be long before he’s scoring in the Champ.

“We could keep everyone injury free and wrap them in bubble wrap but we wouldn’t be making them better.

“We have to keep trying to improve them, and taking them as close to that red line as we can.”