By Wayne Veysey

13th Jan, 2020 | 12:16pm

Exclusive: Barnsley make approach to sign defender let go by PL big hitters

Barnsley have made an approach to sign former Wolves defender Ben Goodliffe, Football Insider understands.

Tykes boss Gerhard Struber has made defensive reinforcements one of his top priorities during this month’s transfer window and he is keen to bring in the Sutton centre-back.

A Barnsley source has told Football Insider the club have contacted the National League outfit to register their interest in a deal for Goodliffe, 20, this month.

Barnsley are hoping to steal a march on any rival interest by making a bid for the player as they look to bring him to Oakwell.

Goodliffe only signed a one-year deal at Sutton upon his arrival last summer and they could be forced to cash-in on him this month.

The non-league side face the prospect of allowing him to run down his contract and leave for nothing at the end of the season.

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Wolves signed Goodliffe in 2017 after he caught the eye at Boreham Wood, but he never made a first-team appearance during his time at Molineux.

Manager Nuno Espirito Santo was happy to let him go last season.

Goodliffe has impressed at National League outfit Sutton this season since joining the club on a free transfer following his release by Wolves.

He has been a virtual ever-present for Sutton United and his towering performances in defence have brought him to the attention of clubs higher up the football pyramid.

Barnsley have the third worst defensive record in the Championship this season.

They have conceded 50 goals in 27 games to leave them in the bottom three of the table.

In other Wolves news, it can be REVEALED that the club have joined the race to sign red-hot centre-forward from English team.