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Town Target Crawley Striker
Town Target Crawley Striker
Thursday, 26th Jan 2012 16:00

Crawley striker Tyrone Barnett is on Town boss Paul Jewell’s lengthy wish list but is not one of the five bids currently on the table. The 26-year-old has attracted a lot of attention during the Red Devils’ impressive first season in the Football League.

Barnett was a youth player with West Brom before dropping into non-league with Rushall Olympic, Telford, Willenhall Town and Hednessford. He broke into the Football League with Macclesfield in the summer of 2010.

After 13 goals in 50 starts and one sub appearance in his only season with the Silkmen, the 6ft 3in tall frontman moved on to Crawley for £150,000 last summer.

So far this season Barnett has scored 13 goals in 28 starts and one sub appearance for the League Two high flyers, attracting the interest of clubs from higher divisions. Fulham, Wigan and Stoke were all reported to be keeping an eye before Christmas and Blackpool agreed a fee approaching £1 million late last week.

Speaking earlier this week, Crawley manager Steve Evans said his club had received several bids for the striker but with only the Seasiders’ accepted up to that point: “We received a number of written offers from Championship clubs and big clubs in League One for Tyrone, but the only offer my board of directors accepted was from Blackpool.

“Following a few days of telephone discussions with Ian Holloway and latterly chairman Karl Oyston, a transfer fee was agreed which was close on £1 million, and there were further incentives for Crawley when Tyrone had been successful.”

After talks, Evans says the player decided against a switch to Bloomfield Road: “Tyrone and his representatives obviously did not think it was right for him and it is always his prerogative to say no to a move at this time.

“As his manager I am delighted he is still with us and I just wished the transfer window closed today. The likes of Tyrone will always be subject to offers.”

Barnett is understood to prefer a switch to a club in the south and is unlikely to turn down a move to the Blues if the Blues firm up their interest.

We understand that the striker isn’t one of the five bids revealed by manager Paul Jewell this morning and may be viewed as an alternative option if one of the current offers doesn’t come off, perhaps suggesting that 21-year-old Hungarian striker Márkó Futács is the third Pompey target.

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RetroBlue added 16:06 - Jan 26
...and what chance of a clean bit of negotiation with them since we did not allow them to have Drury? Id say nil !

4EverWatchingBlue added 16:07 - Jan 26
Want want want!!!!!! Really want this player !!! Please sign him jewell !!!

bostonusablue added 16:09 - Jan 26
Another waste of time story. Can we just have stories with headlines like..."Player XXX signs for Town."

BossMan added 16:11 - Jan 26
I can't get excited about a 26 year old playing league 2 football who is only wanted by Blackpool.

corshamblue added 16:13 - Jan 26
Journalistic short straws being provably plucked and thrown into the air with the same panic stricken actions as a club sitting in the bottom 4 and unable to secure the right players to get them out of this mess ??? I think so, but hope I'm wrong.

Some good news please . . . . after all, who's not on PJ's list ? (i.e. Owen etc)

afrodids added 16:15 - Jan 26
exactly bostonusablue tired of hearing the same old tripe. wake me up when someone actually signs on the dotted line!zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

RetroBlue added 16:21 - Jan 26
suspect you'LL be asleep for a long, long long while ! Cos we wont be signing any one ....

fallyblue added 16:29 - Jan 26
we sell rhodes for less than that and then buy a strikers who has only scored half as many goals in a league beiow! good buisness sense cleggy wake up and smell the coffee will you

nitroblue1970 added 16:29 - Jan 26

vestanpance added 16:34 - Jan 26
Illustrative of how much Crawley are paying him if he won't move up two divisions at the age of 26, just because he wants to stay in the South. Makes you wonder where the cash is coming from on gates of 3000...

PauloJulio added 16:35 - Jan 26
Bit surprised PJ didn't go for Jason Roberts!

casanovacrow added 16:36 - Jan 26
Futacs he would be very nice to get in, he'd give us a useful alternative up front.

alfromcol added 16:37 - Jan 26
Why do people keep on about Rhodes. It's history. Get over it people!

alfromcol added 16:38 - Jan 26

Would you want to move to Blackpool?

Bergholtblue added 16:43 - Jan 26
alfromcol - I agree some people do need to change the record. Suprised that we haven't had calls for GIO GIO.

ArnieMsBigToe added 16:43 - Jan 26
Bossman: What do you want? PJ signs 'experienced' players from the premier league. . . That's not right. Then many people say why not snap up some hungry players from the lower leagues. . . You don't want that. I feel sorry for PJ. He is damned if he doesn't and damned if he does!!

fallyblue added 16:44 - Jan 26
rhodes may be history but it is also fact

Dog added 16:55 - Jan 26
To fallyblue - yes it is fact but it is history. Do you have a time machine to go back and say "Oi Clegg, No!!! - i don't mind you sorting out the olympics but selling our promising youngsters are a step too far". Of course you don't - So sit down, shut up and switch on Last of the Summer Wine.

Now lets get some defenders in and quick. Once we have done that then think about the strikers. A goalie, two centre backs and a right back please before the weekend.

CornardBlue added 16:55 - Jan 26
Suggestion for Paul Jewell, David Weir Glasgow Rangers centre half is looking for a new club in England, he is only 41 so should fit in well at ITFC.

LFCITFC added 16:55 - Jan 26
Crawley are THE up and coming club, why would he leave?

pazelle added 16:57 - Jan 26
If Futacs asks fellow countrymen Fulop or Priskin about Ipswich Town then we have ABSOLUTELY NO CHANCE!

Barnett? Nah, not worth £1 million!

jas0999 added 17:16 - Jan 26
Other clubs will get him before Clegg even thinks about it!

marcusevans added 17:28 - Jan 26
Young Hungarian striker linked???

Do we never learn???

ITFC4daprem added 17:29 - Jan 26
what about tubbs

marcusevans added 17:32 - Jan 26
But hey, Futacs is listed on Wkipedia as 6'5 tall.

Maybe not another Tamas.

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