Leicester Out-FOX Reds to snatch Drinkwater.
By Rob Miles (BarnsleyBoy)
Updated Thursday, 19th January 2012
Midfielder cuts short loan to sign for conquered Foxes.
Barnsley’s first win at Leicester in 18 years last weekend clearly did not impress midfielder Danny Drinkwater after the on loan Manchester United man cut short his season long loan with The Reds to sign a permanent deal at the King Power Stadium.
The 21 year old who has been in sparkling form for Keith Hill’s side since arriving on a temporary basis from Old Trafford in August put in a man of the match performance in the 2-1 victory last Saturday, setting up both goals for Andy Gray.
This impressed Leicester manager Nigel Pearson enough to put in a bid and today Drinkwater ended his loan and signed a permanent deal with Leicester until 2015.
Hill told the official website:
"There's nothing I can do. He's Manchester United's player.
"While the window's open if they accept a fee he's more than likely going to sign for Leicester and I can understand him.
"I think it shows what myself and Flicker and the coaching staff when it comes to the table and recruiting players can do.
"They've really nicked a player that we've been developing.
"He's been absolutely superb and he's been instrumental in what we're trying to achieve.
"It's a shame we won't complete our journey together but that's football.
"We know what recruitment can be. We were fortunate enough to get Danny on loan and I wish him all the best.
"One day I believe he'll be a Premier League player.”
Hill though moved swiftly to quash rumours he is set to lose another key player in the transfer window. Several media sources have claimed Blackpool are looking to sign top scorer Ricardo Vaz Te, but Hill confirmed, that although Tangerines boss Ian Holloway enquired about captain Jacob Butterfield before his injury, there have been no phone calls for Portuguese striker Vaz Te who has hit 12 goals in 13 starts this season.
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