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Barnsley give-up on chase for striker’s signature

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Barnsley will not be signing Croatian striker Sandro Kulenovic this summer as their hunt to replace Kieffer Moore continues, according to Andy Giddings of BBC Sheffield.

The Sky Sports News Transfer Centre (6/8, 08:47) had originally reported the interest on Tuesday, saying the Tykes had submitted a bid to make the 19-year-old their club-record signing, but it now looks like he will not be making the move to Oakwell.

Daniel Stendel’s star striker Moore recently completed his move to Wigan Athletic for a reported £4million, leaving the club scrambling to find a replacement in the remaining days of the transfer window.

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Peterborough United striker Ivan Toney has also been linked with a move, with Alan Nixon of The Sun originally reporting the story.

But it has been a busy summer for the newly promoted side, with ten new signings arriving and nine leaving, including key first-team men Liam Lindsay, Ethan Pinnock, Adam Davies and Moore.

There season got off to the best possible start last weekend, though, when a strike from new arrival Luke Thomas proved enough to see off Fulham on the opening day of the season.

The verdict

This is definitely a blow for Barnsley, predominantly because Kulenovic appeared to be Stendel’s top choice.

But the recruitment at Oakwell has been excellent ever since the German was brought in and I do not expect that to change now, despite the panic that Moore’s departure may have caused.

I imagine that a back-up option was already arranged and negotiations will have most likely already begun.

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