BARNSLEY could be dealt a blow with the news that on-loan midfielder Danny Drinkwater is set to hold talks with Leicester City over a permanent move from parent club Manchester United.
The 21-year-old only penned a new loan deal with the Tykes at the start of the month - to last until the end of the season - but United are expected to recall the talented midfielder to allow him to start discussions with Nigel Pearson’s big-spending Foxes.
The United Academy product has been one of Barnsley’s star performers this season and provided both assists for Andy Gray in their 2-1 victory at Leicester on Saturday - something which no doubt caught the eye of Pearson.
The Foxes boss struck up a good relationship with the Premier League giants during his time as manager of Hull City, concluding a number of deals for United’s young stars including winger Robbie Brady and striker Cameron Stewart.
Drinkwater, who’s also had loan stints at Huddersfield Town and Cardiff City, has made 16 starts for the Reds this season during two loan spells, scoring one goal along the way.
Meanwhile, Barnsley’s out-of-favour midfielder Nathan Doyle is expected to leave Oakwell this month.
The former Hull City man is surplus to requirements under Tykes boss Keith Hill but Doyle has revealed that his destination is unlikely to be former loan club Preston North End.
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