West Brom allow Steele to make Barnsley return

West Brom goalkeeper Luke Steele has rejoined Barnsley on loan for the remainder of the season with a view to a permanent deal in the summer.

The 23-year-old looked set to miss out on a Wembley appearance after talks between the two clubs apparently broke down following his return to The Hawthorns earlier this week.

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But negotiations to extend Steele's stay at Barnsley to take in the Tykes' FA Cup semi-final against Cardiff have now been concluded.

Albion chairman Jeremy Peace said: "I am delighted for all parties concerned - and particularly Luke - that we have been able to come to an agreement.

"We have always been happy for Luke to go back to Barnsley and play in the semi-final - providing the deal was right for us.

"We felt we were a big help to Barnsley by allowing Luke to join them for a month and heavily subsidising his wages.

"Now Barnsley's financial situation has changed due to their lucrative FA Cup run, we have managed to strike a deal which suits everyone.

"Luke was third-choice goalkeeper here and unlikely to get first-team football. He has now got a chance to play regularly and we wish him every success at Barnsley."

West Brom have inserted a 50% sell-on clause in the deal that will eventually take Steele to Oakwell on a permanent basis.

However, under present Football Association rules, Steele would not be able to play against the Baggies should Barnsley and West Brom reach the FA Cup final in May.

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