Barnsley are eyeing up a swoop for National League star Festus Arthur with a view to a January move according to Football Insider.

The centre-back has impressed for non-league Stockport County this season and has been an ever-present for the side despite being just 18-years-old.

The Championship side believe Arthur has real potential and could be one to watch in the future and are looking to tie up a deal for him ahead of other potential suitors.

There have been plenty of scouts travelling to Stockport in order to check out the teenager and he is attracting interest from a whole host of clubs.

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The Tykes currently sit third from bottom in the Championship and are hoping to bolster their side this month in a bid to steer clear of the relegation zone.

Arthur is out of contract at Stockport this summer and if they want to recoup a fee for the defender they will need to sell him this month or risk losing him on a free transfer in the summer.

The German-born defender has played 24 times for them this season and has helped guide them to eighth in the National League as they look to return to League football.

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Arthur is renowned for being a powerful centre-half but he made his debut for Stockport in their 2-1 win at home to AFC Fylde, playing in central midfield and putting in a commanding performance highlighting his versatility as a huge asset ahead of a possible move.

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