Barnsley are reportedly in pole position to beat a number of Premier League and Championship clubs to the signing of 16-year-old Hartlepool midfielder Conner Rennison.
Reports had linked Rennison with a number of Championship sides including Leeds and Middlesbrough, with Premier League side Newcastle also among those said to be interested, but it appears the Tykes are now leading the race for the box to box midfielder.
According to TeamTalk, Rennison has been training with Barnsley recently, and the League One promotion hopefuls are reportedly ready to offer the 16-year-old a deal to keep him at Oakwell permanently.
So how big a statement would this be if Barnsley can beat a number of higher level clubs to the youngster’s signature?
We asked a number of Football League World writers for their opinions.
“It’s a sign of where the club are right now.
“Barnsley are back on the rise and if they can get promotion this season, they’ll be an attractive club to play for next season.
“Stendel deserves credit for that.”
“Hats off to Barnsley here.
“This is a huge statement from the Tykes, and show they are wanting to push the boat out to secure some of the best young talent around.
“To fend off Championship and PL clubs is no mean feat, and it could turn out to be an incredibly shrewd acquisition for Stendel’s side.”
“This would be a good signing for Barnsley, who have made a habit of signing talented young players. He has done well for Hartlepool and is clearly a promising young player, who could have a bright future ahead of him in the professional game.
“It would also be a big statement of intent from Barnsley, and beating Yorkshire rivals Leeds to his signature would make the deal even sweeter.”
“It would be an impressive coup for sure.
“It is admirable of the player as well, choosing to move to a club where he is actually likely to play rather than choosing the more fashionable one.
“Great to see.”
“This will be a big statement from Barnsley should they pull it off.
“The Tykes would be beating a number of clubs not just higher up the football pyramid than they currently are, but also clubs that are in some cases much closer to home for Rennison.
“For many 16 year olds that could well have been a big factor, so for Barnsley to see out this transfer battle would be a massive feather in the cap of whoever has been negotiating on their behalf.”