Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton go head to head for £5m rated talented midfielder

It nice to see some honesty in football and recent comments attributed to Barnsley’s midfield hero Brian Howard although not really want Oakwell supporters want to hear are at least the words of a pro not afraid to say it as it is.

Barnsley midfielder Brian Howard seems destined for a move away from Oakwell.
Everton, West Ham and Aston Villa are after the Barnsley captain, who said: “I am not going to lie, that is what I want to do – play at the very top and it would be nice to go there with Barnsley but if not then I have to look after my own career. I have scored a few goals, had some good write-ups and scouts have been down to watch.” (various)

I have seen Howard a few times this season, and not just on the cup run, and he has looked a class apart and should really be given the opportunity to have a shot at playing with the big boys. At 25 the time is right for the former Southampton man to make the step up and if he can save the Yorkshire side from the drop first then all the better. Also the funds they would recoup for the Winchester lad, currently valued in the £5m bracket, will come in handy to build a better squad with which Simon Davey can build on.

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