Wigan Athletic have rejected a Barnsley bid for Rangers target Kyle Joseph, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The Championship club’s manager Valerien Ismael revealed at his media conference on Thursday he is looking to recruit a new striker this month.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Barnsley have tabled an official offer of around £500,000 for Joseph that Wigan have knocked back.

The financially-stricken League One strugglers are hopeful of securing a higher fee for the breakout star.

Joseph has emerged on the radar of a number of leading clubs including Rangers due to his talent and potential availability.

He is out of contract at Wigan at the end of the season and they could be forced to cash in this month.

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The London-born youngster, who has been capped at Scotland at Under-19 level, has made a huge first-team impact since graduating from Athletic’s youth ranks.

He did not make his debut until October but has already scored five league goals from just 12 appearances, including a hat-trick against Burton Albion last month.

Rangers are considering taking him north of the border and he has also been on the radar of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham.

Wigan have offered Joseph a new deal, but the youngster may look to leave the DW Stadium with the team facing a second consecutive relegation.

Should Joseph decide to leave the club, the Latics will be entitled to compensation.

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