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Reds sign England Under 20s star from Premier League club

Barnsley have today completed the season-long loan signing of highly-rated Leicester City midfielder Harvey Barnes.

The teenager caught the eye while on loan at League One MK Dons last season, when he scored six goals for them in 21 appearances, and several clubs had shown an interest in taking the England Under 20 international on loan this term.

A graduate of the Leicester Academy, he was given his debut in the Foxes Champions League match at FC Porto last season, and was top scorer for the triumphant England team in the Under 20s Toulon Tournament.

He becomes the Oakwell Club’s third loanee from a Premier League side and could make his debut in the home game with Ipswich Town tomorrow.

Said Barnsley head coach Paul Heckingbottom, speaking on the club’s official website:  “Harvey is a really talented young player and we are excited to see him come to Oakwell.

“I am really thankful to Craig Shakespeare and his team at Leicester for allowing him to join us on loan. Once Harvey knew we were interested and we had a chat, he knew he wanted to come here to further develop himself following a really impressive run of games over the last year and I want to see him now continue that with us.”

Two other Leicester players, Matty James and Callum Elder, spent loan spells at Oakwell last season.

Meanwhile, the Reds’ victory over Morecambe in the first round of the Carabao Cup at Oakwell on Tuesday night has earned them another home tie with either Grimsby Town or Derby County in round two.

The first round tie between Grimsby and Derby on Tuesday was abandoned due to a waterlogged Blundell Park pitch and will now be played during the week scheduled for the second round fixtures, which means that a new date for the Oakwell clash has yet to be decided.


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