By Harry Sykes
Wolves have submitted a £3.5million bid for Barnsley defender Alfie Mawson, according to a report.
The Mail transfer blog (2.35pm) claims that the Championship club have made a formal move for the highly rated 22-year-old.
Centre-back Mawson has been linked with Sunderland, Newcastle, Bristol City and Leeds in recent weeks.
Yorkshire Evening Post writer Phil Hay claimed on his personal Twitter account that Leeds owner Massimo Cellino had gone to Barnsley’s play-off final against Millwall to watch Mawson in action.
Cellino watched Barnsley-Millwall at Wembley on Sunday, though in part to scout Sam Winnall and centre-back Alfie Mawson.
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 31, 2016
Meanwhile, July 24th’s edition of The Sun (page 63) claimed that Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is also keeping tabs on the Barnsley captain.
It is believed that Barnsley have previously knocked back a bid in the region of £1million from Bristol City.
The Yorkshire club aren’t short on cash either, after they received £7million of the £47.5million which saw former Tykes defender John Stones leave Everton for Manchester City.
Mawson has two-years left on his current Barnsley deal and the Oakwell side may fear that his value will plummet next summer, if he enters the final year of his contract.
The defender has been a key to Barnsley’s impressive start to the new campaign playing in all five of the club’s encounters.
Under new ownership by the Chinese investment group Fosun and a new manager in Walter Zenga, Wolves have made an impressive unbeaten start to the Championship season to reach third position behind Huddersfield and Brighton.
Zenga has now completed seven signings in the summer transfer window, as he added Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Ola John earlier this week to the likes of Joao Teixeira, Silvio, Helder Costa, Prince Oniangue and Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.
In other Wolves transfer news, the club are also working on a deal to sign a Chile international striker.