Championship strugglers Barnsley have been busy in the transfer market today after BBC Sport report they have made a double signing of Stoke City’s Rory Delap and Sheffield Wednesday’s Chris O’Grady for the rest of the season to the surprise of punters in the Football Transfer Tavern.
Delap, who has been a key player for Tony Pulis’ side in recent years, has actually only played once for the Premier League side this campaign and the 36-year-old former Sunderland man wants to gain first-team football at the twilight of his career.
The long-throw expert offers versatility to David Flitcroft’s side given his ability to play in both midfield and defence as well as possessing vast experience.
O’Grady has been a long-time target for the Reds and he will join up again with David Flitcroft at Oakwell who worked under the striker during their time at Rochdale. The 27-year-old’s last goal for the Owls came against Barnsley during their 1-0 victory last month.
Both signings could make their debut for the Tykes against Blackpool on Saturday.
Meanwhile, it looks like Barnsley will lose highly rated teenage right back John Stones later tonight after both Wigan Athletic and Everton had bids for the 19-year-old accepted. Another player leaving Oakwell is Mido who has been released by the club after making just one substitute appearance since signing in the summer.