League One outfit Barnsley are set to secure the signature of non-league youngster Bradley Ash, according to reports.

The 19-year-old has found the net 14 times so far this season for Weston-Super-Mare in the National League South and will reportedly join the Tykes for an undisclosed fee.

A number of clubs were looking into signing the forward, most notably Birmingham City who were previously in pole position, but it is now Barnsley who appear to have won the race.

Speaking about Ash, the Daily Star quote Weston-Super-Mare manager Ryan Northmore as saying “for a 19-year-old to go and score the goals he has is quite something, but he also contributes in every other aspect of the game.

“He has every chance of making the step up to the professional game because he is that good.

“The interest in Brad comes at a time when people are talking about Jamie Vardy and his roots from non-League to becoming one of the best strikers in the Premier League.

“Professional clubs are taking the non-league scene far for seriously than they have done in the past. There’s plenty of talent at so many clubs at this level and below.”

Barnsley currently sit in 19th place in the Sky Bet League One table and will be hoping that Ash can provide some extra fire-power to help them pull away further from the relegation places.

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