Sheffield United: Lane old boy targeted by Reds

Jon Stead, former Sheffield United striker, is one of several  players being pursued by Barnsley
Jon Stead, former Sheffield United striker, is one of several players being pursued by Barnsley
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Barnsley are chasing former Sheffield United striker Jon Stead.

The Star can also exclusively reveal that the Reds are also trying to entice Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson to Oakwell.

Stead is now a free agent after his three-year deal with Bristol City ran out at the end of last season.

The 30-year-old centre-forward played a total of 47 games for the Blades following his £750,000 move from Sunderland in January 2007.

And having penned a three and a half year contract at Bramall Lane, Stead scored five goals in 14 appearances in the Premier League.

However, those goals couldn’t prevent the Blades from being relegated to the Championship.

The following season Stead could only muster three goals in 24 league outings, although he scored six goals in total in his 31 appearances during the 2007-2008 campaign.

Huddersfield-born Stead played just two games for the Blades the following season before an early-season £600,000 move to Ipswich Town.

Last season the experienced striker scored five goals in 30 games for his last club Bristol City, which ironically included a brace against Barnsley in a 5-3 victory over the Reds at Ashton Gate.

While the Reds are keen to sign Stead, The Star understands manager David Flitcroft has a string of possible new signings he’d like to recruit, with former Sheffield Wednesday hitman Chris O’Grady still on that list, as well as former player Danny Haynes, now out-of-contract having left his former club Charlton Athletic. He scored seven goals in 20 appearances for the Addicks last term.

O’Grady impressed on loan at Oakwell last season and has revealed he would be keen to leave the Owls for a permanent switch across South Yorkshire, although he still has a year left on his contract at Hillsborough.

Bradford-born Donaldson is also understood to be on Flitcroft’s ‘wanted’ list having impressed in League One last term with 24 goals in 56 appearances for the Bees.

Donaldson, a former League Two leading goalscorer, had been hoping to be play Championship football next season, but was left devastated when Brenford missed out on promotion this season with an agonising 2-1 defeat to Yeovil Town in the League One Play-Off final.

The 29-year-old, like O’Grady, also has a year left to run on his contract, so any potential deal would command a transfer fee.