Reds give up the chase for strikers Higdon and Stead

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BARNSLEY director Don Rowing says the club have given up hope of signing strikers Michael Higdon or Jon Stead.

The Reds made offers to both players earlier this month. But Rowing admitted: “We’re not pursuing them any more, both of those deals have gone dead. We expressed an interest in wanting to sign them, but they never came back to us.”

Motherwell striker Higdon and former Bristol City striker Stead were both on manager David Flitcroft’s wanted list.

However, the Championship club signed Sheffield Wednesday’s Chris O’Grady and former Bayern Munich winger Dale Jennings earlier this week to bolster their squad. And The Star understands Flitcroft is now keen to sign a new centre-back - or two - with the long-serving Stephen Foster and Rob Edwards released to make way.

Foster penned a two-year deal with League One Tranmere Rovers this week, while former Edwards has yet to find a new club.

Centre-back Martin Cranie has yet to commit his future to Barnsley, despite being offered a two-year deal to stay. Cranie, like four other out-of-contract players, has until Saturday to let the Reds know whether he wants to stay.

Fellow defender Bobby Hassell, winger Tomasz Cywka and goalkeeper Luke Steele have all been offered one-year deals, but they too have not revealed where their future lies. The Star understands Steele has no intention of staying at Oakwell having been offered reduced terms and only one year, when he would have preferred a two-year contract. Doncaster Rovers, back in the Championship after winning League One last season, are believed to be favourites to secure the his signature. Hassell, who has also been offered reduced terms, is weighing up whether to stay for a 10th successive term. The defender has been offered a testimonial, but The Star understands a few clubs have offered him deals.