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Scottish Premiership outfit lining up transfer swoop for Barnsley man

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Barnsley midfielder Stevie Mallan is a summer transfer target for Hibernian, according to The Edinburgh Evening News.

Mallan was out of favour at Barnsley for most of last season and he could be set to move on just one year after joining the club.

Hibernian are now monitoring his situation and could look to bring him back to Scotland.

Mallan joined the Tykes from St Mirren last summer but did not make his first-team debut until Boxing Day, and only played nine games in total last season.

Barnsley were relegated from the Championship on the final day of the season, with Mallan playing very little part in their campaign.

The 22-year-old had been highly-rated in Scotland, having played an integral role in keeping Jack Ross’ St Mirren in the second tier of Scottish football in 2016/17.

The Scotland under-21 international had played over 100 games for St Mirren despite his young age and scored 29 goals for the club.

Hibernian have identified Mallan as a key target to add to their central midfield ranks with Dylan McGeouch expected to head to the Championship on a free, John McGinn attracting interest and Scott Allan heading back to Celtic after his loan.

The Verdict

Mallan obviously struggled to get to grips with the English game and the jump from Scottish Championship standard to English Championship standard is tough to bridge.

But now, after a year of English experience under his belt, he could be about to show what he has got at League One level.

Perhaps dropping down a division might be good for his career in England and I would keep him if I was Barnsley to run the rule over how he does at that level.

Barnsley fans – Would you keep or sell Mallan? Let us know below…

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