Barnsley: Reds contemplate move for Higdon

Motherwell's Michael Higdon is a transfer target for Barnsley.
Motherwell's Michael Higdon is a transfer target for Barnsley.
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Barnsley are chasing Motherwell striker Michael Higdon.

The Star understands Reds boss David Flitcroft is a big admirer of Higdon, a player who scooped Scotland’s Players’ Player of the Year award last season.

Higdon netted 27 goals in 43 appearances in an impressive campaign in 2012-2013 for rhe Steelmen, one which also saw the 29-year-old hitman score nine goals in as many games. Higdon’s goals and match-winning performances were a significant factor in the club finishing second to champions Celtic in the Scottish Premier League.

But the player also attracted headlines for all the wrong reasons when he was arrested on suspicion of assault at a Glasgow nightclub only a few hours after scooping his prestigious PFA award.

The Liverpool-born marksman, later released without charge, apologised for the misdemeanour and admitted: “I’m annoyed at myself for getting into a situation like that because it’s not me.

“I’m not the type of lads who goes out clubbing or to bars. I’m a country pub type of guy.

He added: “I should have known better than getting into that kind of situation.”

Higdon is currently a free agent after his two-year contract at Fir Park finished at the end of last season.

Motherwell were hoping to get their most prize asset with a new contract, but Higdon revealed: “I’ve just got to leave my options open and see what’s there at the end of the season.”

A chance to play for the Reds in the Championship could prove too tempting to resist for Higdon, although The Star understands the former Crewe, Falkirk and St Mirren striker has attracted interest from plenty of other clubs keen to secure his signature.

Flitcroft has expressed a desire for more firepower up front. The sale of Craig Davies last season to Bolton left the Reds short of attacking options, although Sheffield Wednesday loan signing Chris O’Grady and former Ipswich Town forward Jason Scotland helped the club retain their Championship status. Both players scored six league goals, while Chris Dagnall.

But although Dagnall finished the club’s overall leading scorer with 10 goals - five in the league and five in cup competitions - it was Davies who finished the club’s top league goalscorer with eight goals.

Defender Jimmy McNulty, meanwhile, is expected to pen his new one-year deal at Barnsley today.

He missed much of last season with a hamstring injury and played just 14 games for the Reds. But the versatile defender, who joined the club two years ago, is one of seven players to have been offered new deals by the Championship club.

Striker Jason Scotland has signed his new one-year contract, while defender Tom Kennedy and Kelvin Etuhu have both agreed to sign new two-year deals at Oakwell.