Barnsley: Johnson set sights on strengthening Reds side

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Reds manager Lee Johnson is hungry to sign new players despite backing his players to extend their three-game winning runs.

Wins over Scunthorpe United, Burton Albion and Millwall sees the Barnsley boss purring with satisfaction, especially after an opening day defeat to Chesterfield.

But Johnson is continuing to strive for improvements and wants fresh talent to help complement his “hungry” squad.

“I’d still like to bring in two or three new players, but whether we will or not, who knows?” revealed Johnson ahead of today’s home clash with Bradford City. “But if we do that then that’s phase one complete with the outs and the ins.

“If we can do that then we can really start to build, but I trust the group that’s there. It’s not the search for players that’s difficult, it’s getting the deals over the line.

“You only have to look at the John Stones’ fiasco to see how it’s played out with all the big clubs.”

Former Barnsley Academy graduate Stones is now at Everton and the club are understand to have a £30million bid rejected from Premier League champions Chelsea for his services.

“In football there’s a ripple affect and somebody might not move until somebody else moves,” added Johnson. “That’s just how it works.

“The way the transfer window is people expect big fees to pay, so that’s why you get a lot of business being done in the last few days of the window. A lot of work goes into recruitment, it’s so much of a chain you have to follow these days when back in the day it was probably just manager to manager.

“I think people can trust the players we’ve brought in are looking to be decent and we’re looking to be patient and trust those players until the time comes to getting new players.

“We do need to bolster the squad. I wouldn’t say we’re very close to getting anyone, but we are in the market. Things change very quickly in football though.”

Johnson has also praised new arrival Reece Wabara, saying: “I was pleased with him against Millwall, he did well considering he’d only had a couple of days training.”

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