Stoke City are set to clinch the transfer of Barnsley forward Jacob Brown, StokeonTrentLive can confirm.
The 22-year-old, who has most featured on the right wing or up front, has broken into the Barnsley team over the past two seasons and played a key role in winning promotion from League One and then staying in the Championship.
He made 40 appearances last season – contributing nine assists and scoring three – and has also featured on the left and at wing-back.
It comes as Stoke are set to finalise the exit of Peter Etebo, with loan fee, to Galatasaray and allow Michael O’Neill a bit of room to manoeuvre in the transfer market.
The manager has already brought in four new signings this summer but all so far have been free agents: James Chester, Morgan Fox, Steven Fletcher and John Obi Mikel.
A winger had been Stoke’s next priority and means extra competition in particular for Tom Ince while Tyrese Campbell has also been earmarked to be used from out wide, having had a good goal return in that role since the turn of the year.
Brown has been linked with Brentford, Birmingham and Huddersfield Town and has had Premier League interest in recent months.
He played alongside Adam Davies and Liam Lindsay at Oakwell before the pair moved to Stoke last summer while O’Neill was also in the running for another of their teammates Kieffer Moore, who left Wigan for Cardiff.