Barnsley: Danny Wilson lines up move for Port Vale star Tom Pope

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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has revealed that he is planning a January transfer swoop for Port Vale hot-shot Tom Pope.

Wilson has stated on previous occasions his desire to sign a goal-scoring target man, and Pope would definitely fit that bill.

The Vale fan has hardly stopped scoring since joining his home-two club, initially on loan from Rotherham, in January 2011.

He has netted 64 goals in 174 appearances during his time at Vale Park, and been voted the club’s Player of the Year for the past two seasons.

He was the top scorer in English football when he netted 33 times in a particularly prolific 2012/13 promotion campaign.

The 29-year-old, who is out of contract at the end of this season, has already bagged seven goals this term.

“We’re certainly still in the market for a striker,” said Wilson. “But so is everyone else at the moment.

“Tom Pope is a player we have enquired about, but nothing will happen until January.

“Whether it happens with us we’ll have to wait and see.”

Meanwhile, Wilson is hopeful that Dale Jennings and skipper Martin Cranie will be available for tomorrow’s televised Oakwell Yorkshire derby against Bradford City (3pm kick-off).

Jennings and Cranie both missed the midweek Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat at Oldham with niggles, but they have responded well to treatment.

In a surprise development, Keith Treacy may also be available.

He got married in his native Ireland yesterday and was initially given permission to miss the derby clash, but he may now return.

“It’s going to be a tough game against Bradford because Phil Parkinson is putting a strong team together there,” added Wilson.

“It’ll be a big, big test for us, but it’s a derby and who knows what can happen in these type of games.

“A couple of wins to add to last weekend’s at Rochdale, and we could be right up there challenging again.”

n Former Reds boss Mark Robins is set to be formally announced as Scunthorpe’s new boss on Monday, as replacement for Russ Wilcox.

The former Rotherham boss was in charge at Oakwell between September 2009 and May 2011.