Sochaux are interested in signing Barnsley attacker Mamadou Thiam when his contract at Oakwell expires at the end of the season, reports have claimed.
Thiam joined Barnsley from another French side, Dijon, back in the summer of 2017, and has since gone on to make 92 appearances in all competitions for the Tykes, scoring eight goals and helping them win promotion from League One last season.
However, things have been less successful for Thiam in the current campaign, with the 25-year-old featuring just eight times in the league this season, with all of those outings coming before the end of September.
With Thiam’s contract at Barnsley set to expire at the end of the season, it looks as though his time with the club is coming to an end, and it appears a possible new destination has already emerged for the Senegalese forward.
According to journalist Loic Tanzi, who works for French outlet RMC, claiming that Sochaux are interested in a deal for the attacker when his current contract with Barnsley expires this summer, as they continue their plans for next season despite the ongoing uncertainty about when football will resume.
— Loïc Tanzi (@Tanziloic) May 2, 2020
Indeed, Sochaux are at least in a position to plan for next season, following the cancellation of the rest of the football season in France earlier this week, which left Sochaux 14th in the French second-tier, eight points clear of the relegation zone with ten of their games left unplayed.
This may be a good move for all concerned.
It doesn’t seem as though Thiam has much of a future at Barnsley, so they are unlikely to be too concerned about letting him go, and the expiry of his contract means he would be available for free, helping Sochaux to strengthen their squad despite the financial difficulties of the current situation.
For Thiam as well, this move could give him the chance to kick start his career with more regular football again, following the frustrations he has endured at Barnsley over the course of the current campaign.