BUSY Barnsley manager Keith Hill has made a double midfield swoop to land Akos Buskaky and Jonathan Greening – taking his number of loan signings in the past week to four.
The pair could make their debuts for the Reds in their Championship home clash with leaders Cardiff City on Saturday, with their arrivals following on from the capture of Marcus Tudgay and Emile Sinclair.
Hungary international Buskaky has moved to Oakwell from Portsmouth, while Greening has followed Tudgay out of the exit door from Nottingham Forest.
Buskaky, 30, will remain at Oakwell until December 31, while Greening’s stay at the club is until January 2.
On Greening, 33, Hill added: “I’m looking for Jonathan to be our handbrake on the enthusiasm we have, someone to control things, to instil an intelligent energy and bring everything together.
“He has an abundance of ability, a mentality that is Premier League, it’s not something that you lose.”
Hill feels the signings will ease the strain on young midfielder Jacob Mellis, who is currently struggling to cope with the demands of two games in a week.
Meanwhile, Sheffield United boss Danny Wilson is hoping to sign a winger ahead of today’s 5pm emergency loan window deadline, to bolster his options with Ryan Flynn picking up a calf inury in Tuesday’s 3-3 draw with Crewe.
Shaun Miller also injured his calf in the clash against his former club, with the pair joining hamstring injury victims Tony McMahon and Matt Hill on the sidelines, with Wilson reluctant to rush the defensive duo back into action.
On-loan defender John Egan has returned to Sunderland after scans confirmed he has broke his leg in Bradford City’s clash with Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night.
It is the latest injury blow to befall Bantams boss Phil Parkinson, who is expected to renew his bid to sign defensive cover today with Andrew Davies and Luke Oliver currently on the injured list.
Egan will now be assessed by the SAFC medical team before embarking on a programme of rehabilitation.
Rotherham United have recalled Johnny Mullins from his loan spell with Oxford United, in order to help with the Millers’ ever-expanding list of injuries.
Mullins has spent two months with Oxford and managed two goals in his spell, but he will return to the Millers with immediate effect.
Craig Morgan, and left-back Josh Morris have both picked up knocks recently, in addition to the loss of Kari Arnason and Dale Tonge.