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Manchester United graduate signs for Reds

Barnsley have completed the sixth significant addition to their squad with the signing of a graduate of the renowned Manchester United Academy.

Left-back Zeki Fryers (24) made his debut for United six years ago in a League Cup victory over Leeds United and went on to feature not only in the Premier League but also the Champions League.

He joined Belgian club Standard Liege in the summer of 2012 and impressed in a six-month spell before returning to England with Tottenham Hotspur for whom he played both in the Premier League and also European competitions.

He moved to Crystal Palace in 2014 and in the ensuing three years has  had loan spells with Ipswich Town and Rotherham United.

A former Under 16, 17 and 19 international, he has joined the Reds on a three-year deal.

Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom commented: “Zeki is a great acquisition to our current squad. He joins the club at a pivotal point in his career. He shares our ambition and wants to progress with us, which is what we as a squad are all about. His experience at the top level will be helpful and I am excited to work together with him.”

Heckingbottom added that he was hopeful the recruitment drive would continue with the squad now back at the club for pre-season training.

Meanwhile, Josh Scowen has signed a three-year deal with QPR after leaving Barnsley at the end of his contract.

The midfielder is QPR’s first signing of the summer, and manager Ian Holloway told the club website: “It’s a great first signing for us and I couldn’t be happier with the work that has been done to identify him for us.”

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