Barnsley skipper Marc Roberts wanted by West Brom and Aston Villa

Barnsley captain Marc Roberts is in demand. Picture Bruce Rollinson
Barnsley captain Marc Roberts is in demand. Picture Bruce Rollinson
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Clubs are reportedly circling Barnsley captain Marc Roberts after his impressive Championship campaign.

Roberts was a key component of the Reds’ 2015/16 side, that won promotion through the play-offs - and also the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

And the towering centre-back was one of Paul Heckingbottom’s key performers as the club held their own in their first season back in the second tier.

It has been a remarkable rise for a player who was plying his trade at non-league Halifax Town before making the switch to Oakwell in 2015.

However, his stay at the heart of the Reds’ defence could come to an end this summer.

Both Aston Villa and West Brom have been linked with the 26-year-old defender.

Steve Bruce is plotting a return to the Premier League with Villa, but the club will have to sell before they can buy due to Financial Fair Play restrictions.

And it would not be the first time Bruce has raided Oakwell for one of their stars.

In January the Villains made a double swoop for then captain Conor Hourihane and developing right-back James Bree.

However, Bruce could face a challenge fromTony Pulis, who is interested in the solid centre-back, according to the Daily Mirror.

If Roberts were to leave then it would be a massive blow for Heckingbottom’s already depleted squad.

The numbers are thin at Oakwell as it is, with the club facing a huge summer when it comes to incomings.

And the rumour mill continues to circulate with Andy Yiadom also being linked with a move away.

The Ghanaian international is on Burnley’s radar after a strong showing this term, with Swansea City also rumoured to be keen on the player.

It is understood that despite players being linked with moves away that Barnsley have not yet received bids for any of their players.