Date: 14th November 2012 at 10:17am
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Barnsley are close to agreeing a deal to sign Chris O’Grady on loan from Wednesday, according to reports today.

Reds boss Keith Hill, who managed O’Grady at Rochdale, has gone on record as saying that he’d like to take the striker to Oakwell to boost his attacking options but told the Sheffield Star that ‘there’s politics involved and we’re just playing a waiting game to see if we can get him.’

Those politics are believed to be whether Wednesday boss Dave Jones can get a new striker of his own in and allow O’Grady to depart.

Sunderland striker Connor Wickham, who played and scored for England Under-21s last night, is believed to be Jones’s top target and if Wednesday can get the former Ipswich Town man, or another target, then O’Grady is expected to be Barnsley-bound.

Hill has long been an admirer of O’Grady after working together at Spotland but the player has been a regular feature for the Owls so far this season and is the club’s top scorer with five goals in all competitions.

Any loan move seeing the striker make the short trip to Oakwell could include the possibility of a permanent deal when the transfer window opens in January.