Barnsley have agreed a fee with Norwich City for Jacob Butterfield who joined the Carrow Road club a few weeks ago. The matter will no longer require the attention of a tribunal with the Reds happy to accept the amount offered for the midfielder who was out of contract at Oakwell – Butterfield is under the age of 24 and was offered an improved offer to stay at Barnsley, therefore a fee was required to secure the player.
Keith Hill was angered by the initial offer from Norwich and was ready to wait for a tribunal decision however the club have confirmed via the official website, “The club are now happy to have accepted a vastly improved offer from Norwich, subsequently avoiding a tribunal as the midfielder is under the age of 24.”
Although the actual amount received has not been revealed by the club, the Chronicle understands that it is ‘well over’ £1m with Norwich’s original offer being under £300,000. The Barnsley manager will now have a much clearer idea of what the club can afford in terms of his Summer recruitment and with the signings made already being relatively cheap, a lot more activity in the transfer market should be evident at Oakwell over the coming weeks.
In terms of imminent transfers in to the club, the Reds are thought to be in discussions with Liverpool over the permanent signing of as an yet unnamed player with a deal possibly to be announced on Monday if all goes well.