Barnsley’s Alfie Mawson could be leaving the club sooner rather than later.
Last week head coach Paul Heckingbottom admitted interest for Mawson was growing and Premier League side Sunderland have reportedly tabled a £3m bid for the former Brentford defender as David Moyes looks to sure up his back four for a tough campaign ahead.
Speculation around the 22-year-old’s future has been rife ever since the Reds confirmed their promotion back to the second tier of English football through the play-offs last season.
Numerous Premier League and Championship sides have been linked with the centre-back, including Leeds United, Newcastle United and Bristol City – Lee Johnson’s new club.
The club previously knocked back a bid in the region of £1m from former Barnsley boss Johnson’s new club earlier this summer. Johnson was the one who brought Mawson to Oakwell from the Bees in the first place, last June.
Despite being at the club for just over a year, the budding centre-back has already become a firm fan favourite around the town.
Mawson has netted twice in the Reds’ opening four Championship games, in a losing effort against Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town on Saturday and in their 2-0 win over Derby County. The player was at the heart of Paul Heckingbottom’s defence as they fought back from the relegation zone to the play-offs.
The Hillingdon-born defender also played a vital part in the club’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy triumph last term, being a creditable part of 16 clean sheets in all competitions.
Team-mate Adam Hammill has recently urged Mawson to stick around at Oakwell whilst manager Heckingbottom has stated that none of his players will be sold unless adequate replacements are found first.
Heckingbottom has also revealed he is ‘always looking for quality players to bring into the club’ and the Reds are said to be ‘very keen’ on adding Chesterfield’s Gboly Ariyibi to the ranks. But Chesterfield last night said they had rejected a “derisory” bid.