David Moyes is looking to sign highly-rated Barnsley defender Alfie Mawson, according to the Daily Mail.
The Black Cats boss is renowned for dipping into lower leagues for English prospects, adhering to the traditional values he demonstrated when he was at Everton from 2002 to 2013.
It is reported that the north-eastern club have placed a £3million bid for the centre back, which suggests Moyes is expecting Lamine Kone to leave after turning down a new contract offer. Kone has also complained of back problems recently, and ruled himself out of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton.
Sunderland are now short of central defenders after selling Younes Kaboul to Watford this summer, and Moyes has highlighted that the club is in danger of relegation if they don’t bring in reinforcements by the end of the transfer window.
Mawson’s talent hasn’t gone unnoticed though, with other Premier League and Championship clubs in the running to sign the 22 year old. It is understood that Swansea, Newcastle United and Bristol City have been tracking the defender for a number of months now.
Tykes manager Paul Heckingbottom has also admitted that there is a growing interest in the player who has netted twice for Barnsley this season.
The former Brentford and Wycombe player signed for Barnsley in 2014, and has since made 64 appearances for the club.