Barnsley defender Toby Sibbick is edging closer to moving to Scottish side Hearts according to a report from the Daily Record.
It is thought that the Tykes man will head up to Scotland on loan for the remainder of this year’s campaign, as he looks to find regular game time.
Sibbick has made 18 league appearances for Barnsley this season, but has fallen down the pecking order in recent weeks.
A move to Hearts would see the 20-year-old work under former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel again, after the German was dismissed from the managerial post at Oakwell after a poor start to the season in the Championship.
He hasn’t endured much of a change at Hearts though, and his side are currently sat bottom of the Scottish top-flight league table, which will make for concerning reading for the club’s supporters.
They’ve conceded 35 goals so far in this year’s league campaign, so it won’t come as a surprise to see Stendel looking to add reinforcements to his squad in this month’s transfer window.
Barnsley have also recently confirmed that they have completed the signing of defender Michael Sollbauer from Wolfsberger, which would only push Sibbick further down the pecking order in Gerhard Struber’s plans at Oakwell this term.
I think this is the best move for both parties involved.
Sibbick hasn’t been a regular for Barnsley this season, and needs regular game time further his development at this stage of his career.
A move to Hearts would see him link up with former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel, and it’s clear to see that the Hearts boss rates Sibbick highly, as he looks to add quality to a defence that have struggled for much of this year’s campaign in the Scottish top-flight.
If he can impress with Stendel’s side for the remainder of this year’s campaign, then I wouldn’t be surprised to see them submitting a permanent offer for the Barnsley defender.