HUDDERSFIELD Town have no plans to sell Alex Smithies – pouring cold water on reports linking them with out-of-contract Barnsley keeper Luke Steele.
And sources within Canalside suggest there has been no contact from Championship rivals Burnley over Northern Ireland midfielder Oliver Norwood.
Both homegrown ace Smithies and former Manchester United man Norwood are under contract until 2015 – Town have a further 12-month option on Smithies – and are seen as key members of the squad.
It’s claimed Town’s former Barnsley boss Mark Robins wants a reunion with Steele, who has been at Oakwell since 2008 but is set to leave after being offered only 12-month terms. Click on the link below to view a gallery of players Huddersfield Town have been linked with so far this summer.Related content
With veteran Ian Bennett going into the final year of his contract, Town could consider signing a back-up for Smithies, who started every league game last season.
But with other areas to strengthen, particularly up front, it’s unlikely Steele would fit easily into Town’s budget, which must now comply with Financial Fair Play.
In addition, the ex-Manchester United and West Brom man is likely to want a regular starting berth – far from guaranteed with Smithies on the scene.
While Norwood lives in Burnley, suggestions of Turf Moor interest in the 22-year-old have come as a surprise to the John Smith’s Stadium club, with no contact having been made.
By his own admission, Norwood was inconsistent last season, but it’s believed Robins sees real potential in the Old Trafford product.