Wolverhampton Wanderers have been made 6/1 favourites to sign Burnley forward Ashley Barnes by Sky Bet.
According to the bookmakers, the big-spending Championship outfit’s chances of signing the 27-year-old have increased from 8/1 to 6/1 in the last 24 hours.
Wolves are desperately searching the transfer market as they bid to bolster their strike force, which is looking incredibly thin at present. Joe Mason left Molineux to join Burton Albion on loan, whilst fellow striker Nouha Dicko is reportedly set to join Championship rivals Hull City on a permanent deal, which would undoubtedly necessitate new attacking additions.
Burnley’s Ashley Barnes would be a fantastic signing for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men, as he is proven at this level, as well as holding his own in the Premier League with the Clarets.
The striker, who is eligible to play international football for Austria courtesy of his paternal grandmother, came through the ranks at Plymouth Argyle, but struggled for first-team action. He therefore spent numerous loan spells away from Home Park, before permanently joining Brighton & Hove Albion in the summer of 2010.
Barnes hit double figures as Brighton won promotion to the Championship, before repeating the feat the following season a level higher. Burnley boss Sean Dyche, impressed by the player’s high work-rate and goal-scoring capabilities, decided to bring the forward to Turf Moor in January 2014. Interestingly, Barnes was the first player that Dyche paid a transfer fee for since arriving at the club in October 2012, showing how highly the striker was rated by the ‘Ginger Mourinho’.
Having won promotion to the Premier League with the Clarets little over three months after joining, Barnes went on to be a regular in the top division for Burnley, featuring in all but three league games, scoring five goals, in 2014-15.
With his injury problems behind him, and having netted six more times last season, Barnes would be an impressive capture for Wolves, as they bid to win promotion to the Premier League, a division they vacated in 2012.