By Russell Edge

29th Jul, 2020 | 11:50am

Exclusive: Barnsley turn to 25y/o hitman after bid tabled for 22-goal/assist Rangers target

Barnsley will look to sign free agent Mikael Mandron if they fail in their efforts to sign Rangers target Lyndon Dykes from Livingston, Football Insider understands.

As revealed by Football Insider last week, the Tykes have seen a £1million bid for the 24-year-old turned down as the Scottish Premiership outfit hold out for a £2million fee this summer.

A source at Oakwell has told Football Insider that Gerhard Struber is ready to move for Mandron, 25, if they cannot get Dykes, who also has interest at Ibrox, through the door.

The French hitman is a free agent after his contract at Gillingham came to an end.

He scored six goals in 28 games across all competitions for the League One side, having joined on a free after leaving Colchester in 2019.

He finished the 2019/20 season in style with two goals against former club Sunderland in what was the club’s last match before the campaign was cut short.

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It is understood that Livingston are also keen on Mandron and view him as an ideal replacement for Dykes should he leave Almondvale this summer.

The Australia-born hitman was a constant threat for Livi last season with 12 goals and 10 assists under his belt.

His performances have caught the attention of Glasgow giants Rangers with manager Steven Gerrard looking to bolster his attack this summer.

Barnsley secured their place in the Championship for next season with a 2-1 win over promotion-hopefuls Brentford on the final day of the Campaign.

Mandron has just three second-tier games to his name having spent most of his career plying his trade in League Two.

In other Rangers news, Alan Hutton claims one Ibrox ace has had his head turned as transfer talks confirmed.

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