Nottingham Forest striker Marcus Tudgay has agreed to join Barnsley on an emergency loan until 3 January.

Tudgay underwent a double hernia operation in September and has only recently returned to the first team squad. With his contract due to expire at the end of the season he is keen to stay at the club but the loan move could become permanent.

Tudgay said: “I am a Nottingham Forest player and nothing would please me more than extending my contract here. I am not playing games at the moment though, and Barnsley are offering me that opportunity so for next 28 days I will be fully committed to doing my best for Barnsley football club. The future will take care of itself after that.”

Barnsley manager Keith Hill spoke to Sean O’Driscoll after the game at Oakwell about the availability of both Tudgay and David McGoldrick, who is currently on loan at Coventry.

Hill told the Barnsley Chronicle on 2 November: “We’ve requested from a lot of football clubs the possibility of loaning players and have not had a great response. One or two players have chosen not to join Barnsley on loan and we can deal with that.

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“McGoldrick is a player we’ve enquired about but he can’t be on the agenda because he’s on a six-month loan deal at Coventry.

“He’s a player that will remain on our list but there’s a lot of players on the list. They are Nottingham Forest players and I’ve spoken to Sean but we haven’t done any business.”

Tudgay should be available for Barnsley’s game at Bolton on Saturday.

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