Early buying for Tykes
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barnsley have moved quickly to sign Leicester City striker Tommy Wright for £50,000.Barnsley have moved two days before the January transfer window to land Leicester City striker Tommy Wright for £50,000.
The 21-year-old, who made 12 appearances while on loan with League One rivals Blackpool this season, has agreed a deal until the summer of 2008 with Andy Ritchie's side.
The Tykes boss will be delighted to have secured the services of a new striker, having failed with a move for new Rangers signing Kris Boyd.
After struggling to make an impression with The Foxes, Wright expressed his pleasure at moving to Oakwell for the New Year.
"I am absolutely delighted to be signing on at Oakwell and just cannot wait to get my first goal in a Barnsley shirt," Wright told the club's official website.
"When I knew that Barnsley were interested, there was no question about where I was going and agreeing the deal was straight forward.
"It was hard to leave Leicester in one way because I had been with them since I was nine years old.
"However, I am not stupid and I knew the writing was on the wall when I was sent out to Blackpool.
"I am an ambitious player and I believe this club can take me to where I want to be."
Wright's arrival comes as another Barnsley striker in Marc Richards signed an 18-month extension with the South Yorkshire outfit.
The former Blackburn Rovers hit-man's new deal keeps him at the club until the summer of 2007, having initially signed a six-month contract following his summer move from Northampton Town.