Hill: Ball is in Norwood's court

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Oliver Norwood has had loan spells with Coventry and Huddersfield
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Oliver Norwood has had loan spells with Coventry and Huddersfield

Barnsley manager Keith Hill has lost out on transfer target Oliver Norwood.

The Tykes agreed a fee with Manchester United for the 21-year-old midfielder, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Coventry following an earlier spell at Scunthorpe, but the Northern Ireland international will not be joining Hill's outfit.

"We've done everything we could as a club, but Oliver wants to pursue another direction and we wish him all the best," Hill told Barnsley's official website.

"Fortunately it has been a quick process and we haven't lost too much time. It's part and parcel of recruitment, some you win, some you lose. We've already moved on to other targets to add to our exciting new signings so far.

"I'm still positive and optimistic for future signings and looking forward to our pre-season training and the start of the new campaign."

Newly-promoted Championship rivals Huddersfield have been linked with Norwood, while relegated Coventry are also keen to keep hold of him for next season.

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