Jacob Butterfield is widely expected to leave Barnsley in the January transfer window – and that could lead to Reds boss Keith Hill making a flurry of signings in order to bolster his squad.
Butterfield, 21, has been one of Barnsley’s best players this season, and the England under 21 international has had Premier League and Championship scouts flocking to matches to mark his progress.
His current Oakwell contract expires at the end of the season, and he has not agreed to a new deal, which has been in the table for the last two months.
It is believed he wants to make the jump to the top flight.
If he does go, and the Reds receive a good fee, then some of that money may well find its way into Hill’s coffers for redeveloping his relatively small squad.
The Oakwell chief admits he would like to sign some players to help the club cope with the rigours of the second half of a competitive Championship season.
Loan players Nile Ranger and Danny Drinkwater are currently back with their parent clubs, Newcastle and Manchester United respectively, after picking up injuries, and Miles Addison’s loan from Derby runs out after tomorrow’s clash with Leeds at Oakwell.
Hill wants to extend Drinkwater’s loan to the end of the season, and is thought to be interested in signing him permanently.
The Barnsley manager remains keen on recruiting Israeli midfielder Gai Assulin on loan from Manchester City, who could play in the Butterfield role.
He is also looking to bring in a new striker.
If Hill does plunge into the January transfer market it is likely that he will be seeking young, up-and-coming players, mostly on loan.