Hull City are in talks with Barnsley over a deal to sign former Leeds United striker Mallik Wilks, Football Insider understands.

The 21-year-old joined the Tykes from Elland Road on a permanent deal over the summer after impressing during a loan spell at Doncaster last season.

A Hull source has told Football Insider that the Tigers have opened talks with their Championship rivals over taking the versatile forward to the KCOM Stadium, with manager Grant McCann looking to bolster his options in attack.

Wilks played a crucial role in firing Doncaster from League One to the Championship last season, scoring 16 goals and chipping in with 12 assists across all competitions during his temporary spell at the club.

However, he has not hit the same heights this season with just one goal in 15 second-tier appearances.

The Yorkshire side are battling relegation at the bottom of the table, sitting in the bottom three alongside Wigan Athletic and Luton Town.

Wilks has not played since early November after he was struck down by illness, his setback meaning he has missed the club’s last eight league games.

Meanwhile Hull boss McCann has seen star winger Jarrod Bowen shoulder the weight of the Tigers’ goalscoring this season, the 23-year-old netting 17 goals across all competitions.

Fellow wide man Kamil Grosicki has scored seven while strikers Josh Magennis and Tom Eaves have struck four and three times respectively.

In other Hull City news, Football Insider can reveal that a fellow Championship side are plotting a £15million bid to sign one of the Tigers’ prize assets in the January transfer window.