Barnsley boss David Flitcroft acknowledged his interest in signing former Hull City and Peterborough United striker Aaron McLean ahead of last night’s pre-season friendly at home to Bordeaux.
McLean is a free agent having not had his contract extended by the Tigers.
And the experienced 30-year-old frontman could be the final part of the jigsaw Flitcroft is looking for ahead of the new season, which starts next Saturday (3 August) at home to Wigan Athletic.
Flitcroft has signed former Sheffield Wednesday Chris O’Grady on a permanent contract ahead of the new campaign, while former Manchester United hitman John Cofie – who the manager believes is a “work in progress” – has also been added to the squad.
But that only leaves Chris Dagnall and Jason Scotland as experienced strikers to support O’Grady this term, with Danny Rose currently sidelined with a foot injury sustained in pre-season.
With just over a week to until the new season starts McLean could be the fourth senior striker Flitcroft wants to capture. A Barnsley club source said: “The manager is still looking for a striker, but he’s not had a meeting with Craig McLean at this stage.”
O’Grady and Dagnall were the preferred starting frontline partnership last night as the Reds got another welcome run out in their penultimate pre-season friendly.
Both strikers have scored in the build-up to the new season, but it will be defensive problems which Flitcroft most wants to address.
The Reds have conceded in all three of their official pre-season friendlies – all at home - having drawn 1-1 with Belgium outfit Club Brugges and 2-2 with Wolves.
And again the Reds conceded, last night after just 11 minutes with some poor defending to blame.
Flitcroft made one change to his starting line-up against Wolves. New signing Jean-Ives M’voto was handed his debut.
Bordeaux, the current French Cup holders, struck first when skipper Luke Steele let a Plasil shot fly under him into the bottom right corner. Two minutes before the break frontman O’Grady blasted wide of the right post, but the Reds were frustrated at the break due a lack of opportunities to get level.
Flitcroft made ten outfield changes at the break but five minutes after the restart Bordeaux doubled their lead when French Under-19 international Hadi Sacko struck from close-range. Sub Cofie shot well wide from distance before sub Tomasz Cywka pulled a goal back with a sweet 66th minute strike.
Reuben Noble-Lazarus picked out Scotland whose header struck the post shortly after, but the Reds couldn’t level despite their best efforts and Maxime Poundje netted a stunning strike in stoppage time to make sure of the victory for the visitors.
* Barnsley: Steele, Wiseman (Cywka 45), M’voto (McNulty 45), Cranie (Nyatanga 45), Kennedy (Hassell 45), Mellis (Patterson 45 (Clark 88)), Dawson (O’Brien 45), Perkins (Noble-Lazarus 45), Golbourne (Jennings 45), Dagnall (Cofie 45), O’Grady (Scotland 45). Subs: Alnwick.
* Bordeaux: Olimpa, Souza, Obraniak, Sane, Vieira, Poko, Plasil, Saivet, Filho, Planus, Poundje. Subs: Savic, Brechet, Nguemo, Khalfallah, Bellion, Sacko, Carrasso, Maurice-Belay, Chalme, Sertic.
* Referee: Michael Naylor
* Attendance 3,643