The Reds have been linked with Senegalese striker Moussa Kone, 22, who plays for German second division club Dynamo Dresden. The Chronicle understands that he is a player head coach Daniel Stendel has scouted but reports that the club are set to break their transfer record to secure him are untrue.
The Reds are understood to have made an unsuccessful bid for Coventry City’s Conor Chaplin at the start of the summer window, having attempted to bring him in from Portsmouth a year ago. The 22-year-old forward scored eight goals in 31 League One games for the Sky Blues last season.
Last season’s top-scorer Kieffer Moore is a target for Championship rivals Bristol City, but they are also looking for other players and the Chronicle understands that no bid has been made.
Moore has not travelled with the squad to Nice in France for a week-long training camp, because he is recovering from an injury he picked up while training with the Wales national team earlier in the summer.
There are 27 days remaining in the summer transfer window, with all permanent and loan incoming signings having to be made before August 8 – five days after the Reds begin their Championship campaign with a home game against Fulham.
Barnsley made two signings late on Friday before flying to Nice the following morning. Centre-back Bambo Diaby, 21, and winger Mallik Wilks, 20, were both given four-year deals after undisclosed fees were agreed with Belgian club Lokeren and the Reds’ Yorkshire rivals Leeds United respectively. Their arrivals mean that the six new outfielders brought in this summer are all 21 or younger.