BARNSLEY: Reds boss Don Rowing confirms interest in Blades star Lee Williamson

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BARNSLEY director Don Rowing says Sheffield United midfielder Lee Williamson could fit the bill at Oakwell.

The Reds have been linked with a move for out-of-contract Williamson, although the 30-year-old is currently mulling over whether to accept a new deal to stay at Bramall Lane despite the club having failed to win promotion back to the Championship. Rowing told The Star: “We need four or five new players and he’s [Williamson] one of a number of players who have been identified.

“He probably fits the mould of player that Keith [Hill] is looking for, but of course as with any player, if we did try and sign him he’d have to come within our budget. We’ve not made a bid for the player at this stage, but we’ll have to see what happens.

“He’s played for Sheffield United, but I don’t think that would cause any problems with our supporters. If he’s a good player, then he’s a good player.”

Rowing confirmed he, manager Hill and club owner Patrick Cryne have met in recent weeks to discuss the playing budget and which players are on Hill’s wanted list.

Hill has a list of around 30 players whom he is looking at, which includes talent from abroad having cast his eye over potential new signings in Portugal.

And today former Manchester City midfielder Kelvin Etuhu is expected to become the club’s first new signing providing he passes a successful medical at the club.

Last season Etuhu failed a medical when attempting to sign for Barnsley, with a scan highlighting a knee problem which halted the deal.