BARNSLEY: Waiting game for Reds as deal for Oliver Norwood is agreed

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BARNSLEY have offered Manchester United midfielder Oliver Norwood a three-year deal to sign for the club,

Norwood met with Reds manager Keith Hill yesterday after a £400,000 fee had been agreed between the two clubs.

The Reds made an initial £200,000 offer for Norwood earlier this summer, but went back with an improved offer after that bid was rejected.

But The Star also understands Norwood met with Huddersfield Town yesterday to discuss personal terms with them about a potential move to the Galpharm Stadium.

It now looks like a two-horse race between the two clubs for the highly-rated 21-year-old’s signature after he expressed his desire to leave Old Trafford this summer to play regular first-team football.

“Keith’s met with the player [Oliver Norwood] and we should find out on Thursday whether he’d like to sign for us,” Reds director Don Rowing told The Star.

“We’re hopeful he signs because we’ve offered him a very good deal.

“But we know there’s another club interested in signing him, so we just have to hope that he wants to play for us. He’s going to speak to Keith again to let him know what he plans to do.

“We’ve agreed a fee for the player and offered him good personal terms, so we’d be disappointed if he doesn’t decide to sign for us.”

Norwood, who had loan spells with Carlisle United, Scunthorpe United and Coventry City, also rumoured to be wanted by the Sky Blues, but their relegation to League One is thought to have dropped them right down the pecking order in their attempt to lure the player back to the Ricoh Arena for a second spell.

If Norwood does sign for the Reds he would become Hill’s fourth summer signing with former Manchester City midfielder Kelvin Etuhu, ex Tottenham Hotspur striker Mido and former Chelsea and Sheffield United midfielder Jacob Mellis having all signed contracts to play at Oakwell.