After landing back in the country with the Barnsley squad yesterday, Keith Hill has jumped straight back into finding new faces to strengthen his side for next season however Sheffield United‘s Lee Williamson will not be one of them.
The Blades’ midfielder is available on a free transfer following the expiry of his contract at Brammall Lane but after speaking to the player’s agent Hill is quoted as saying, “He’s a very good player, but at this moment in time he doesn’t meet the requirements of my recruitment.”
Rumours of the possible signing of Keith Treacy have continued to gather momentum over the last few days and, although he would fill a different role to a player like Williamson, any possible move for the Burnley man is likely to be an expensive one which could alter Hill’s ambitions in terms of squad strengthening. Burnley paid around £750,000 to secure the transfer of Treacy from Preston North End and even though he is surplus to requirements at Turf Moor, boss Eddie Howe is keen to recoup as much of that transfer fee as possible.
Competition for Treacy’s signature will also come from Sheffield Wednesday, however it is thought the Owls are also put off by Burnley’s current asking price.
Barnsley continue to be restricted in the transfer market by the fact that they do not yet know how much of a fee they will receive from Norwich City for Jacob Butterfield as the matter has not yet been looked at by a tribunal.