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Coventry, Luton and Hibernian among clubs chasing summer swoop for Barnsley man

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Barnsley midfielder Stevie Mallan is wanted by Scottish Premiership side Hibernian and three League One clubs, according to The Daily Record’s Live Transfer Blog [Tuesday 29th May, 08:01AM].

Hibernian lead the four-club race for Mallan but face competition from Coventry City, Shrewsbury Town and Luton Town.

Hibs are keen on bringing the central midfielder back to Scotland, just one year after he left St Mirren to join Championship side Barnsley.

Mallan struggled to make much of an impact at Oakwell and he had to wait until Boxing Day to make the first of his nine appearances for the Tykes, who were relegated to League One.

The 22-year-old could be on his way back to Scotland with top flight club Hibernian thought to be be in pole position to sign him.

But they face competition from a trio of League One sides, including newly-promoted Coventry.

The Sky Blues went up yesterday after beating Exeter City 3-1 in the League Two play-off final and they have asked about signing the Scotland under-21 international on loan to bulk out their midfield options with Michael Doyle out of contract.

Luton and Shrewsbury are also chasing the loan capture of Mallan.

The Hatters went up via the League Two automatic places last season and Shrewsbury remain in League One after losing in the League One play-off final to Rotherham United.

The Verdict

Mallan could be a useful player for Barnsley next season, now that he has had a year to settle into life in England and now that the Tykes are playing League One football.

Hibs will push them for Mallan’s signature as he is a proven talent in Scotland.

But perhaps Barnsley should just loan him out to another side in England or back to Scotland as he is one for the future.

Barnsley fans – Would you like to sell or keep Mallan? Coventry, Luton and Shrewsbury fans – Would Mallan be a good signing for your club? Let us know below…

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