Barnsley are preparing a third bid for Chesterfield winger Gboly Ariyibi after twice having offers knocked back by the Spireites.
The Tykes are said to be ‘very keen’ on the American born wideman, who became a regular at the Proact under Danny Wilson last season.
An impressive pre-season has helped amplify interest in the 21-year-old.
Although an asking price of £3m has been spoken of in the media, Barnsley’s first bid, rejected by Chesterfield, may not have been any more than £150,000.
A second, improved bid, was also rejected, prompting today’s increased offer.
Ariyibi is in the last year of his contract and is apparently uninterested in a long term deal with his current employers.
The Spireites picked him up after he impressed on trial two years ago, following his release by Leeds United.
Should Chesterfield decide to hang on to the pacey forward, they risk having to accept less money for him in the January transfer window or compensation set by a tribunal next summer.