Date: 25th July 2015 at 11:47am
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Barnsley still have a few areas we’ll be looking to strengthen, if possible, before the start of the season.

Lee Johnson’s given us an update on these plans, with what he’s told Barnsley Chronicle, with a striker still on the agenda after failed effort to bring in Jonathan Forte.

David Ball’s been on trial with the club this summer but any deal now looks unlikely following demands made of the club, which Head Coach Johnson was less than impressed by!

Johnson’s search for striker is ongoing but former Fleetwood man Ball isn’t likely to get a deal now after an ultimatum was given to Barnsley that we sign him or he moves on – so the latter happened….

It has to be added that Johnson was quick to stress he was impressed by Ball but his agent giving us this ‘sign him or else’ threat is what put him off so he’s said this deal is ‘one ice’ at the moment.

But, given the role the 25-yar-old plays, a deal didn’t seem too likely anyway and almost certainly wouldn’t seem likely now, he added.

‘The David Ball deal is on ice at the moment.

‘We were given an ultimatum, not by the player but by his agent. He said: ‘He’s scored in the friendly, it’s now or never, you offer him a contract or he goes’.

‘I didn’t like the ultimatum so we have let the situation cool. He’s a good player but we already have a number of players who can play just off the main striker. Our priority is getting someone with pace and power up front.’

He also hit out at mischievous agents who he says are the source of reports we’ve offered £500,000 for Birmingham ‘keeper Nick Townsend following Ross Turnbull’s exit for Leeds last week.

A possible loan approach was mentioned regarding Townsend that has been ‘blown out of proportion’ but we ‘certainly wouldn’t pay that for a goalkeeper’ with Johnson adding we don’t need a ‘keeper anyway.

‘We don’t definitely need a new goalkeeper. Adam Davies is our number one, Christian Dibble needs to do a bit more on the physical side but he’s a very good goalkeeper and we’ve got Jack Walton (second year academy scholar) who we rate very highly.

‘You ask questions of 100 players a day and sometimes the agent gets lively and makes it seem much bigger than it is.’

On a footballing not a young Barnsley XI went to North Lincolnshire on Friday to take on Barton, a game we were beaten one-nil in by a late goal.

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