Derby County eyeing talks to sign departing Barnsley star
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Derby County eyeing talks to sign departing Barnsley star



Derby County are considering signing Barnsley midfielder Herbie Kane this summer, according to reporter Alan Nixon on Patreon.

Derby County achieved promotion to the Championship this season with a well-deserved second-place finish, and preparations for the following season have already begun.

The Rams need to rebuild their midfield, with key players like Max Bird and Ebou Adams returning to their parent clubs, though the latter is reportedly interested in a permanent deal with Paul Warne’s side.

According to Alan Nixon’s Patreon, midfielder Herbie Kane will leave Barnsley after his contract expires this summer. Derby County may soon open talks to bring the 25-year-old to Pride Park. Kane, a former Liverpool youngster, has 10 goals and five assists in 47 appearances for the Tykes this season. However, Barnsley’s failure to achieve promotion appears to have signaled the end of his stay.

A key addition?

Derby County are in desperate need of midfield reinforcements, with the aforementioned departures of Bird and Adams, as well as a number of their present midfielders’ contracts about to expire.

The Rams have yet to release their retained list, but with Liam Thompson, Conor Hourihane, and Korey Smith all out of contract, there might be a significant shakeup in that department.

Warne and his teammates must make strong signings before returning to the second tier. Players on the right side of 30 would also be beneficial, so Kane is an excellent fit.

The former England U17 international has made 160 appearances for the Tykes since 2020, including a season on loan at Oxford United. Since leaving Oakwell to play for Barnsley and Oxford, he has 14 goals and 18 assists.

Derby County may be out of financial trouble, and they may now spend as much as they like within limits. Nonetheless, the Rams are regarded to be astute in their financial dealings, and signing a player of Kane’s caliber on a free transfer could be a wise decision.

Kane’s career so far

After beginning his junior career with Bristol City, he joined Liverpool’s academy in 2013 and made his first-team debut against MK Dons in the 2019 EFL Cup. He made one more appearance for Jurgen Klopp’s side, this time in the EFL Cup against Aston Villa, before a brief loan stay with Hull City.

Barnsley then agreed to recruit the Englishman for £1.25 million, beating Hull, Luton Town, and Portsmouth to his signature.

He spent the 2021/22 season on loan at Oxford United while the Tykes were in the Championship, then returned to Barnsley the following season, where he has been an important member of the club ever since.


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