BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has confirmed the Reds have rejected a “derisory” bid for top-scorer Ricardo Vaz Te from West Ham United.
Speculation has been mounting over the future of the Portuguese attacker, who’s scored 12 goals so far this season, and the Hammers are the first club to come forward with a concrete bid for the player.
But Hill has called the offer “disrespectful” and insists it falls way short of the current valuation of the player.
“I think there’s been one bid for him,” said Hill, who went on to confirm the bid came from Upton Park.
“But when you consider the impact that he’s made on the Championship, with the goals that he’s scored, the way that he’s played for Barnsley it’s a derisory offer and it’s a bit disrespectful. There are players who’ve made less of an impact on the Championship this season and they’ve gone into the last six months of their contract and, as today, you look at Wes Morgan, in the last six months of his contract, 27 years of age and they’ve agreed a fee of a million pounds.”
Vaz Te penned a one-year deal at Oakwell last summer and Hill says its now unlikely he’ll agree a new deal beyond the end of this season.
“We don’t get anywhere with respect to Ricardo and he’s quiet right in studying and realising there are other options,” said Hill.
“It’s probably highly unlikely that Ricardo will look to extend his stay beyond the end of the season because he’s had a massive impact on the Championship and on Barnsley. Himself and his agent will be trying to take advantage of the numerous opportunities which will present themselves to Ricardo, maybe during this window or at the end of the season.”
Barnsley would lose one of their key men for nothing come the summer if they don’t cash-in on his services before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.
But Hill would like to see him remain in South Yorkshire and see out the remainder of his contract to help the Reds push up the Championship table.
He commented: “It’s difficult in the transfer window because Ricardo came to this football with nothing, had nothing and he’s performed exceptionally. But it was a chance that I took as a fledgling manager in the Championship and I’ve been successful with the recruitment of Ricardo and he has.
“We get to this stage of the season and there is a lot of skullduggery goes on with agents, with players, with football clubs who are trying to steal your assets and its just unfortunate. It’s a catch 22, do we take the money and run or do we utilise Ricardo from now until the end of the season? I’m very much of the opinion that Ricardo can still make a massive impact to this football club but I suppose that people who are representing Ricardo are probably trying to line their own pockets rather than looking for this to be a footballing decision for Ricardo.”
Hill also confirmed the Reds had seen a bid for Leyton Orient’s Stephen Dawson rejected
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