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Bristol City to complete loan signing of striker Tyrone Barnett from Peterbrough

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: January 07, 2014

Striker Tyrone Barnett is set to join Bristol City on loan

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Bristol City are today set to complete the signing of Peterborough striker Tyrone Barnett on loan until the end of the season.

Robins and Posh officials have reached agreement on a deal and it remains only for the 28-year-old former Crawley forward to pass a medical examination at Ashton Gate.

If all goes well and the paper work is completed in time, Barnett is expected to join City's first-team squad for training tomorrow.

He will become manager Steve Cotterill's second January signing following the completion of Karleigh Osborne's transfer from Millwall last night.

Osborne landed a permanent deal following an impressive loan spell during November and December. And Cotterill believes he can make the former Brentford man an even better player in the future.

He said: "I think Karleigh Osborne will only get better. I talked to him about the things I would want from him if he was to become a permanent Bristol City player and they will stay between me and him.

"But I think the things I have asked him to do will aid him in becoming a better player.

"Karleigh has obviously decided he wants to have a future at Bristol City, Millwall have been very good and I think I can make him a better player."

Although Osborne was serving a three-match ban when Cotterill first took over last month, he impressed in games against Walsall and Stevenage.

Cotterill outlined the qualities that persuaded him to keep the Londoner at Ashton Gate on a permanent basis.

He said: "Karleigh is competitive, he talks well, he is athletic, he has pace and versatility, has a good spring and he loves to tackle.

"On top of all that, he is a great lad. When I say he is a nice boy, I don't mean he is not going to get tight on someone on a Saturday or is not going to compete for a ball, I mean he has a nice personality and fits into the group well.

"Pace is a good thing to have at any level and I feel he could be a good acquisition for us.

"When the nuts and bolts come out of it, I think people will see him as a good signing for us."

Should Barnett complete his loan move to City in the next 48 hours, he will go straight into the squad for Saturday's League One fixture at Bradford.

City officials declined to comment on Barnett's imminent arrival, but it is understood the striker is keen to make a fresh start at Ashton Gate after falling out of favour at Peterborough.

Posh paid Crawley £1.2 million for Barnett's services in May 2012, but he has made just 30 starts in that time and does not appear to feature in manager Darren Ferguson's future plans.

Although Barnett has scored seven times this season, he last netted at Port Vale in October and has not featured since the 4-2 defeat against Coventry at Northampton on Boxing Day.

Cotterill is prepared to give the target-man an opportunity to revive his career at Ashton Gate, while Ferguson is expected to seek a replacement in the transfer window.

Ipswich Town are also reported to be interested in taking Barnett, who enjoyed a short loan spell at Portman Road last season, but the former Macclesfield trainee jumped at the chance to join City instead.

Cotterill last week released veteran striker Marlon Harewood to pave the way for Barnett's arrival and he will provide competition for Ryan Taylor, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas and captain Sam Baldock.

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