By Harvey Byrne

Championship rivals Barnsley are eyeing a late window swoop for Leeds fringe man Alex Mowatt, according to a reliable journalist.

The midfielder has struggled to establish himself in the successful Yorkshire giants’ team this campaign with his last start in the league coming on 15 October in a 1-0 defeat against Derby.

His current contract at Leeds is set to run out in the summer and Yorkshire Evening Post chief football writer Phil Hay shared on his personal Twitter account on Thursday that he has now emerged as a late target for the Tykes.

Barnsley have seen two players leave in a double deal recently with James Bree and Conor Hourihane both joining second tier rivals Aston Villa this week.

Star striker Sam Winnall also left for Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the window and it is now assumed that they have some money to spend.

Given Mowatt’s position in the Leeds squad and current contract length it is unlikely that he will cost too much if he is to leave.

The midfielder has played in 20 fixtures in all competitions this season, bringing a return of one goal.

He featured in Leeds’ 2-0 Wednesday victory over Nottingham Forest, but he was limited to a 10 minute substitute appearance.

Football Insider verdict:

Mowatt is seeing very little game time under Garry Monk in a successful team. The 21-year-old has mainly been used in the cup competitions and for the sake of his career he may have to move on. Barnsley would prove a very good destination due to it’s closeness as well as their high placing in the Championship table. Leeds’ quick success has seen a number of players fall out of the side who were previously considered good enough in a struggling team. It would seem that Mowatt could become one of the victims in their successful season and if he doesn’t leave in January then a summer move almost looks definite.

In other Leeds transfer news, the club have been given the green light to push through this landmark transfer.

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