Reds close in on Dagnall as Hill rejigs strikeforce

On his way: Chris Dagnall, right, is poised to work with Keith Hill again at Barnsley.      Picture: Steve parkin
On his way: Chris Dagnall, right, is poised to work with Keith Hill again at Barnsley. Picture: Steve parkin
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BARNSLEY are today expected to sign striker Chris Dagnall from Scunthorpe United.

Reds boss Keith Hill was keen to bolster his strikeforce having admitted Danny Haynes has no future at the club.

And Hill has wasted no time in getting Dagnall to pen a deal which will keep him at Oakwell until 2014.

The talented striker passed a medical at the club yesterday, but unfortunately won’t be able to make his debut tomorrow in FA Cup home clash with Swansea City because he is cup-tied having played for Scunthorpe in the earlier rounds of the competition.

Dagnall enjoyed a successful spell at Rochdale under Hill, with arguably the highlight of his four-year stay at Spotland being his 20 goals in the club’s 2009-10 promotion to League One.

But the 25-year-old then wanted to test himself in the Championship and joined the Iron on a free transfer in July 2010, agreeing a three-year deal at the club.

Dagnall has scored six goals this season in 27 appearances (four times as a substitute), but having seen the club relegated to League One last season, was understandably keen to have another crack at the Championship.

However of late Dagnall’s form has not been at his best having been a substitute in four of his last five matches for Scunthorpe, as well as having not found the back of the net since October 29.

Reds director Don Rowing revealed: “Providing all the paperwork is agreed then Chris Dagnall will become a Barnsley player this week.

“We’ve agreed a deal to sign Chris for an undisclosed nominal fee. Keith is a big admirer of the player having worked with him at Rochdale and he feels he will be a welcome addition to the squad.”

Meanwhile, Hill revealed the club are also looking to sell Nathan Doyle to Preston North End.

The midfielder, aged 24, has played six games on loan for the Deepdale outfit this season and is keen to make his stay permanent having joined up with former Reds’ striker Iain Hume.

“I think Preston would like to sign him so we will see what happens,” said Hill.

Derby County loan midfielder Miles Addison has agreed a loan extension to stay at Oakwell until January 28 while Manchester United loanee Danny Drinkwater will stay with the Reds until the end of the season.