SHEFFIELD UNITED & BARNSLEY FC: Reds target Lane ace Lee Williamson

Impressive: Lee Williamson was one of  United's best performers last season, scoring 13 goals
Impressive: Lee Williamson was one of United's best performers last season, scoring 13 goals

BARNSLEY have been linked with a move to sign Sheffield United midfielder Lee Williamson, says sports writer Neil Goulding.

Williamson is currently out of contract, but has been offered a new deal to stay at Bramall Lane having been one of the Blades’ most impressive performers last season.

The 30-year-old has Premier League experience having played for Watford and received international recognition with Jamaica.

Last season Williamson bagged 13 goals in 49 appearances for the Blades, although the season ended in play-off final disappointment when the South Yorkshire outfit were cruelly beaten on penalties by Huddersfield Town and their hopes of a return to the Championship dashed.

“I’ve got a list of about 30 players who we are looking at,” Reds’ boss Keith Hill told The Star. “A lot of managers have a lot of players on their recruitment list; you’ve got to keep your options open.

“I definitely want width and pace and I’m also keen to sign a striker, but I’m happy to be patient to get the players I want.

“We lost our threat and creativity in the second half of last season when he lost key players, so we need to re-establish our threat to the opposition.

“When you’ve got a goalscoring threat you become stronger defensively.

“I want to sign players that will excite the supporters - and that’s what I’m trying to do.

“Ideally I’d like four more permanent signings and the option to maybe bring two or three players in on season-long loan deals.”