Reds beat Blades to signing of Premiership club defender

It would appear that Barnsley have beaten South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United to the signing of Southampton right-back James McCarthy.

Reports indicate that a £200,000 fee has been agreed between the Reds and the Saints and McCarthy is set to move once personal terms have been agreed.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at League One Walsall, where his form attracted the attention of several Championship clubs, including the Reds’ derby rivals at Bramall Lane.

McCarthy made his Premier League debut three years ago, when he made a substitute appearance under the then manager Ronald Koeman, but was loaned out to Wycombe Wanderers the following season and was a regular member of their League Two side.

He had a year left on his Southampton deal.

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