Barnsley boss David Flitcroft will push ahead with plans to sign a loan striker during the emergency transfer window, after Hull boss Steve Bruce admitted it was “unlikely” that number one target Matty Fryatt would make a temporary switch to Oakwell.
Fryatt, who made his name at Leicester City before a £1.2m switch to Hull, has been told that he can leave the KC Stadium in the emergency loan window, and Reds boss Flitcroft was known to be a keen admirer.
But his Hull counterpart, Steve Bruce, said: “I’ve had the conversation with Matt and I said to him that he’s been out for a year.
“We’ve got six games in 11 weeks, so if there’s a chance for him to get out playing, then I’m not going to stand in his way.”
Nottingham Forest, Barnsley’s Championship rivals, also asked to take Fryatt on loan - but the striker rejected the move. Bruce added: “With Forest I’m not sure what the situation was. Barnsley have also made an enquiry, but I can’t see that one happening.”
Flitcroft, whose side face Watford this weekend, must now turn his attentions elsewhere - especially with concerns around the fitness of recent signing Marcus Pedersen.
The Reds boss remains a keen admirer of Billy Sharp and Leroy Lita, formerly of Sheffield United and Wednesday respectively, but it is understood that wage demands may scupper a move for either striker.