Reds Turn Down Second Rams Bid For Shackell

Barnsleyhave today confirmed that a second approach fromDerbyCountyfor captain Jason Shackell has been rebuffed.

The Rams, tabled a bit last week for The Reds Player of the Year, thought to be around the £700,000 mark which the club rejected stating that no decision would be made on current players’ futures until a new manager was appointed. And within minutes of Keith Hill taking the Oakwell hotseat,Derbyboss Nigel Clough sent in another offer. This though has been branded “ridiculous” by general manager Don Rowing who told the Sheffield Star:

"We've had two offers from Derby County and we've refused both offers.

"The valuation placed by them is ridiculous really, bearing in mind what we paid for him.

"We weren't going to do anything anyway until we'd spoken with the new manager and, even then, we're not going to let him go for a song, irrespective of whether he wants to go or otherwise.

"But we've got two years left on his contract and, hopefully, he'll be back with us. I understand there are other clubs who may want to join the race for him."

Hill has also stated his desire to keep Shackell, who joined in a six figure fee from Wolves last summer.

Meanwhile, in his press conference yesterday, the 41 year old gaffer stated his desire to make six or seven signings this summer and one of those could be midfielder David Perkins who played an integral role under Hill when helpingRochdalemake the League Two Play-Off Final in 2008.

He moved toColchesterthat summer and has scored seven times in 79 games for the Us whilst also enjoying loan spells at Chesterfield and Stockport. The 28 year old is out of contract at the Community Stadium and has had several offers for his services.