Barnsley’s Kieffer Moore is on the verge of joining Wigan, according to journalist Andy Giddings.
He reports that the two clubs have agreed a £4m deal and the striker will now undergo a medical – meaning he is unavailable for The Tykes’ opening day clash with Fulham.
Paul Cook recently added long-term target Jamal Lowe to his side but he has been searching for a striker for much of the summer, having previously been close to signing Jordan Hugill before he opted for a move to QPR.
Understand #barnsleyfc have accepted a 4 million pounds offer from #WAFC for striker Kieffer Moore. Moore will not be in the squad to face #FFC tomorrow, whilst the formalities of the transfer are completed.
— Andy Giddings (@Gids1980) August 2, 2019
The Latics sold Will Grigg in January and haven’t yet replaced him, and with Joe Garner the only senior striker in the squad it would have been an area of concern for the boss.
Moore was in fine form last season, scoring 19 goals in all competitions, 17 of which came in just 31 league appearances, a goalscoring rate Wigan will hope he can continue this season.
Kieffer Moore looks like a great signing on paper. He was always an effective target man and that side of his game would have suited Wigan anyway, but the fact he has added goals to his game makes him a very good option for Cook.
Wigan will have variety in their attack with Moore, Lowe and Garner and will therefore be able to hurt the opposition in different ways, which is crucial in the Championship, particularly when Plan A fails.
The only worry would be the £4m price tag. It is an expensive outlay on a striker who hasn’t played much at Championship level and as one of only two strikers in the squad there will be pressure on him to perform, which Moore may struggle to cope with.