Tykes optimistic on Norwood
Barnsley manager Keith Hill is hopeful of signing Manchester United midfielder Oliver Norwood this summer.
Last Updated: 26/06/12 10:46pm
Barnsley manager Keith Hill is hopeful of signing Manchester United midfielder Oliver Norwood this summer after the youngster confirmed he will leave Old Trafford.
The Northern Ireland international is in search of regular first-team football after turning down a new deal at United.
The 21-year-old, who is a product of the Red Devils' famed academy, enjoyed spells on loan at Scunthorpe and Coventry last season.
A number of clubs have been alerted to Norwood's availability, with the classy midfielder impressing during his loan stints, and Hill has confirmed the Tykes are among them.
Hill said: "We're optimistic but we need to make sure we strike a financial balance.
"He represents good value for money. He can be creative, he can score goals and he can play in a two-man midfield."
Meanwhile, Hill says there is a possibility out-of-contract captain Jacob Butterfield could stay at Oakwell, despite being linked with several clubs.
"I've had some positive discussions with Jacob," he added.
"We have to be patient and wait for him to make his decision. If I were him I'd be worried that I didn't have my future sorted at this point.
"I believe he is still open to staying with us but I am led to believe there are a number of Premier League teams after him. If there are, I would have expected them to have made a move by now."