Vaz Te Snubs New Deal

Barnsley are facing a battle to keep hold of yesterday’s hat-trick hero Ricardo Vaz Te, after it has been reported the 25 year old Portuguese striker has rejected a new long term deal at Oakwell.

Vaz Te was only given a one-year contract last summer when manager Keith Hill rescued him from the football scrapheap after his release by Scottish side Hibernian.

But since then, Vaz Te who was hailed as a star of the future when a youngster at Bolton in 2003 has notched 10 goals in 20 games, including eight in his last seven appearances culminating in him becoming the first Barnsley player to score a hat-trick in six years in yesterday’s 4-1 hammering of Leeds.

With doubts emerging over whether captain Jacob Butterfield will remain at the club, the board had moved quickly to ward off potential suitors in Vaz Te, but this apparent snub means January could be a busy month for Hill.