BARNSLEY: Reds on trail of an ex-Owls star Marcus Tudgay

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BARNSLEY are interested in signing former Sheffield Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay after fruitless enquiries for David McGoldrick and Chris O’Grady.

The Star understands Reds’ boss Keith Hill is an admirer of Tudgay, a player who was a fans’ favourite at Hillsborough, scoring close to 50 goals for them between 2006-2011.

Tudgay is currently contracted to Nottingham Forest but the 29-year-old has only just returned from a double hernia operation and needs games under his belt.

But it is believed Hill would still be keen to sign the player, someone who feels would fit nicely into his plans.

Rumours are circulating that star striker Craig Davies could be on his way out at the club after contract talks have stalled.

And Hill is understood to want to bolster his attack with Mido not having played this season and fellow strikers Marlon Harewood and Chris Dagnall only showing glimpses of their potential form.

“I need to get somebody in, I need another centre-forward,” Hill told The Star.

“We’ve made official inquiries to a few clubs about players but we’ve not made any official bids so far.

“But there’s no panic because we’re in the same position (in the league) as we were last season.”

Tudgay joined the Owls in January 2006 on a deal until 2010 and in January 2011 signed for Forest having impressed on an initial loan spell.

However, the striker has struggled for goals at the City Ground and managed only nine in 52 appearances for the club, which includes substitute spells.

“I’ve got to find the right player I think will benefit the team,” added Hill. “We’re looking at a lot of strikers because we’ve got to keep our options open.

“I’m like other managers, we know which players are available and we’re keeping our options open.

“But we’ve got Craig Davies injured at the moment and I need to have another option up front. We can’t afford to have our progress hindered.”