, Barnsley have £1m bid knocked back for 17-goal contribution striker

Barnsley have £1m bid knocked back for 17-goal contribution striker

According to the Glasgow Evening Telegraph, Livingston have turned down a £1m bid from Sky Bet Championship survivors Barnsley for their talented striker Lyndon Dykes.

It was a last-day, last-gasp survival effort for South Yorkshire club Barnsley in order to stay in the Championship. Facing a very dangerous Brentford side at Griffin Park, the Tykes had former Leeds United midfielder Clarke Oduor to thank.

The Tykes were all but down and out against the Bees, the 1-1 scoreline not enough to guarantee their second-tier survival. However, six minutes after coming on as a substitute, Oduor (91′) popped up to throw Barnsley that survival lifeline.

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A bid for Dykes shows that the Oakwell outfit are moving away from thoughts of last season and are preparing for next season. Goals will be at a premium and will be the lifeblood for a further push to remain in the Sky Bet Championship for a further term.

24-year-old Australian-born Scot Dykes will give them a dual-threat upfront. In 25 appearances for Livingstone last season, the Gold Coast youngster scored 9 goals and added 8 assists in the SPL with 3 further goals and 2 assists coming in cup competitions. These goals included one in a 2-0 defeat of Celtic and a hat-trick against Ross County.

The Glasgow Evening Telegraph reports that Barnsley are not alone in the hunt for Dykes, a player that Livingstone value around the £2m mark. They say that SPL giants Rangers are also thought to be interested in the young centre-forward.

Interest such as that from Rangers will mean that Barnsley will have to decide quickly what their next move will be and whether it will be an increased bid.

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