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Barnsley: Double dealing Tykes

Barnsley have signed Stoke midfielder Rory Delap and Sheffield Wednesday striker Chris O’Grady on loan until the end of the season.

Republic of Ireland international Delap, whose former clubs include Derby, Southampton and Sunderland, has made just one appearance for the Potters this season.

O’Grady, who started out at Leicester, has scored six goals in 24 appearances for the Owls this season.

Meanwhile, the Tykes have terminated the contracts of striker Mido and defender Lee Collins by mutual consent.

Tony Mowbray has confirmed MIDDLESBROUGH did enquire about new Sunderland signing Danny Graham after hearing about his reception at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday evening.

The 27-year-old, who completed a £5million switch from Swansea to the Stadium of Light on Thursday afternoon, was booed by sections of the home support conscious of his Newcastle allegiance as he came on for Leon Britton.

That prompted Boro to see if there was any possibility of taking their former trainee back to Teesside.

Manager Mowbray told the club’s official website: “I would have to say to our supporters that we have never been to the point of making an offer of £5million.

“I think our fans know we don’t have that sort of resource and that offer was never made.

“I did hear on the radio on Tuesday night that when Danny got on the pitch at the Stadium of Light, it wasn’t a favourable reception for him, which just in my mind threw up the potential of an opportunity, really.

“If he was committed to coming back to the north-east and if Sunderland wasn’t an option, then maybe something could have been done.”

WATFORD striker Chris Iwelumo has joined OLDHAM on loan until the end of the season.

The 34-year-old joined Watford in 2011 and scored five goals in 47 appearances before playing five times for Notts County on loan earlier on this campaign.

MILLWALL striker Shaun Batt has moved to LEYTON ORIENT on an initial month-long move and GILLINGHAM have made BRENTFORD defender Leon Legge’s move permanent on a deal until 2015.

MK DONS have re-signed Chelsea teenager Patrick Bamford on loan for the remainder of the season and MILLWALL have extended the loan of Tottenham defender Adam Smith for the rest of the campaign.

CREWE have extended midfielder Brad Inman’s stay from Newcastle until the end of the season, while WOLVES have snapped up young midfielder Lee Evans from Newport for an undisclosed fee.

BURY manager Kevin Blackwell has added defender Carl Regan and midfielder Valery Mezague to his squad.

Well-travelled right-back Regan, 32, moves to Gigg Lane on a four-month contract having been released by NOTTS COUNTY at the start of January.

Former Cameroon international Mezague has previous experience of English football from a loan spell at Portsmouth during the 2004/05 season, when he was on Montpellier’s books.

CRAWLEY striker John Akinde has had his contract terminated by mutual consent.

DAGENHAM have secured the signing of striker Ben Strevens from GILLINGHAM until the end of the season.

The 32-year-old returns to the club for the second time after previously helping the club to promotion from the Football Conference in 2007.

Daggers have also completed the permanent signing of striker Gianluca Gracco on an 18-month contract.

Striker Collins John has left BARNET following an injury-hit spell at the club.

 

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