Knight in Tykes talks
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Swansea City striker Leon Knight is in talks with Barnsley regarding a loan move.
Swansea City's out-of-favour striker Leon Knight is in talks with Championship strugglers Barnsley regarding a loan move.
With Thursday's Football League loan deadline looming, The Tykes have moved to add to their ranks for the end of the calendar year.
West Bromwich Albion's Ronnie Wallwork and West Ham United's Kyel Reid have already joined The Tykes on loan this week, and the managerless Oakwell club hope to add the 24-year-old to their list of loan deals as well.
The former Chelsea and Brighton & Hove Albion hit-man has not played for The Swans since last month - amid reports over issues with his behaviour at the club.
He attracted interest from Northampton Town, Peterborough United and Gillingham, but Knight looks set to return to The Championship with Barnsley.
Knight's impending departure comes as The Swans snapped up Accrington Stanley midfielder Ian Craney on loan until the New Year - with a view to a permanent move in January.
The 24-year-old fills a midfield void in Kenny Jackett's squad brought on by injuries to Darren Pratley, Owain Tudur-Jones and Darren Way.
"We are keen to make the loan deal permanent and we have already discussed this with Accrington," Jackett told Swansea's official website.
"We will progress this matter further when the transfer window opens on January 1."
Swansea have also re-signed teenage talent Scott Evans from Premiership club Manchester City.
The Wales youth international has agreed an 18-month contract with the League One club, with the 17-year-old set to complete his move on January 1.
Evans was pleased to end his three-year spell with City and return to his hometown club.
"It's good to be home again,'' said Evans. "My first two years at Man City were fine and I really enjoyed my football.
"It was great experience. I played in the FA Youth Cup final last season, losing 3-2 on aggregate to Liverpool, and I also played for the reserves on a regular basis.
"But things changed for me this season and I just wasn't enjoying it. Man City wanted me to stay and were phoning me all the time to come back.
"They even offered me a two-year pro contract, but it wasn't for me."