ST MIRREN midfielder Stevie Mallan is on the brink of a move to English Championship side Barnsley.
Gazette Sport understands the clubs have agreed an initial fee of between £250,000 and £300,000 for the 21-year-old. But negotiations on a sell on clause and other add ons are not yet finalised.
The Scotland under-21 international was given permission to travel to Oakwell on Monday to have a look around the facilities at the Yorkshire club and the deal is expected to go through this week.
Barnsley had an offer accepted for Mallan in January and he looked to be on the verge of a move to Oakwell then before the move fell through.
Gazette Sport understands the club made a promise to Mallan after the switch collapsed that they wouldn’t stand in his way should the chance to move on arrived again after the season ended.
It is understood that Barnsley are the only club to have shown a serious interest in acquiring Mallan’s services.
With a year left on his St Mirren contract, Mallan could sign a pre-contract in January and ultimately leave the club for a nominal fee.
Losing Mallan will be a major blow for St Mirren manager Jack Ross who is in negotiations with players as he looks to shape his squad for a promotion push next season.
The midfielder scored 12 goals for St Mirren last season, finding the net seven times in the last nine league games as he became one of the driving forces behind Saints’ resurgence which kept them in the Championship.