Having already secured the services of 10 new players this summer, Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel may be about to bolster his squad once more by swooping for Marcus Tavernier.
According to Teamtalk, the Tykes are preparing a third bid for the Middlesbrough winger after their latest offer was rejected by their Championship rivals last week.
Tavernier, who is currently in talks with the Smoggies over a new long-term contract at the Riverside Stadium, was an unused substitute in Jonathan Woodgate’s side’s 3-3 draw with Luton Town last Friday and was used sparingly by former boss Tony Pulis last season, making 20 appearances in the Championship.
The winger has also been the subject of considerable interest from Watford in recent months with the Premier League side having an approach rebuffed by Boro last month, as per Teamtalk.
Although Barnsley have already added to their wide options during the transfer window by signing Mallik Wilks and Luke Thomas, Stendel seems determined to bring in another attacker as he looks to build the foundations needed for his side to establish themselves at Championship level following their promotion from League One in May.
If the Tykes can get a deal over the line for Tavernier between now and Thursday, the club’s supporters will have every right to be excited as the winger unquestionably possesses an abundance of talent.
Whereas it is fair to say that Tavernier is by no means the finished article, he may benefit from working under a forward-thinking manager as during Pulis’ time at Boro, he didn’t entirely suit the club’s direct style of play which is drastically different to Barnsley’s possession-based system.
Having ended the previous campaign with eight goal contributions to his name in all competitions, the Smoggies academy graduate will be confident that he can exceed this total providing that he receives sufficient playing-time.
Yet with Marvin Johnson currently ahead of Tavernier in the pecking order at Boro and Marcus Browne pushing for a start, it could be worth the winger leaving Boro for Barnsley as staying at the Riverside may result in his career stagnating.