Ipswich Town are set to move in for Barnsley’s Marley Watkins after he left the club according to a report from the Sudbury Mercury.
The 26-year-old forward has been a favourite at Oakwell ever since he signed for them at 2015, being key as they got promoted to the Sky Bet Championship via the play-offs last season. He continued to be a great player for the Tykes as they surprised everyone by finishing in the top-half of the Championship with them even challenging for a spot in the play-offs at one part during the year.
However Watkins’ contract is set to expire in the summer and while Barnsley have done all they can to keep the player, he has turned down their offers of a new deal and has elected to leave the club. He did end up saying an emotional goodbye to the club on Twitter, but his departure means that a whole host of Barnsley’s Championship rivals are now looking into signing him.
One of the teams that are jumping at the chance to sign Watkins are Ipswich. They have been interested in the forward for a long time and have had offers rejected for him in the last two transfer windows. Their head coach Mick McCarthy is also on record of being a big admirer of the player. But with him now being a free agent, Ipswich are set to move in and try and sign him without having to pay any fee, something which will delight the frugal club.