Chi­nese eye an Oak­well takeover

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

PAUL HECK­ING­BOT­TOM has con­firmed Barns­ley are in dis­cus­sions with a con­sor­tium over a pos­si­ble takeover of the Cham­pi­onship club.

Chi­nese bil­lion­aire Chien Lee, the ma­jor­ity share­holder of French club Nice, is un­der­stood to be lead­ing the group along with US busi­ness­man Paul Conway.

It is un­clear how far ad­vanced dis­cus­sions are, but man­ager Heck­ing­bot­tom said: “I am aware of it, there is some truth to it.

“I know all about ev­ery­thing that is go­ing off, but it is not my place to talk about it. My place and at­ten­tion is with the team and the play­ers.”

With the trans­fer win­dow clos­ing in 10 days, Heck­ing­bot­tom’s pri­or­ity is se­cur­ing fur­ther ad­di­tions to a squad that has taken three points from the open­ing four games, Ma­madou Thiam hav­ing made his de­but from the bench at Bra­mall Lane.

Andy Yi­adom is still part of those plans fol­low­ing the break­down of his pro­posed £2m move to Hud­der­s­field Town last week, though the full-back will be out un­til af­ter the in­ter­na­tional break fol­low­ing a med­i­cal with the Pre­mier League out­fit that re­vealed an un­di­ag­nosed in­jury.

“He failed his med­i­cal at Hud­der­s­field,” said Heck­ing­bot­tom when asked why the trans­fer stalled. “There is a tiny prob­lem with his back, a lit­tle 2mm stress frac­ture. We wouldn’t have known about it with­out the med­i­cal.

“He has been play­ing with it, but now there has been a di­ag­no­sis we have to take him out for two weeks, res­can him and then see where he is. Oth­er­wise, he would have played against Sh­effield United.”

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