Leicester’s Matty James has joined Barnsley, allegedly turning down interest from Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest.

According to the Daily Mail, Barnsley’s new signing Matty James snubbed offers from Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic in order to make the move to Oakwell.

Leicester City ace James, 25, missed the entirety of last season through injury, and make his return back in November during a draw with Middlesbrough.

Leicester’s Matty James is involved in a tussle with Aston Villa players

The Foxes are now keen to get James playing first-team football, and with few Premier League opportunities available, he’s dropped down into the Championship with Barnsley.

James, formerly of Manchester United, joined the Tykes on Wednesday, penning a loan deal until the end of the season, arriving to replace captain Conor Hourihane, who has joined Championship rivals Aston Villa today.

Leicester City’s Matty James with the trophy as he celebrates winning the Barclays Premier League

Ironically though, it seems that James had the chance to go to Villa Park himself, as the Daily Mail claim that he snubbed an offer from Villa to make a similar loan move until the end of the season.

Villa already landed two midfielders before signing Hourihane, as Henri Lansbury and Birkir Bjarnason arrived at Villa Park, and with Hourihane now on board, they certainly wouldn’t need James.

It seems more likely that James was lined up as a contingency plan in case a deal for Hourihane fell through, but once Hourihane’s move to Villa Park moved closer, he decided a move to Oakwell would give him more first-team football in Hourihane’s place.

The report also adds that James snubbed loan offers from Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic, with James having a chance to push for a play-off place with Barnsley this season.

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