Mansfield Town winger CJ Hamilton is on the radar of newly promoted Championship club Barnsley as reported by Football League World.
The report claims a source close to the Stags has revealed the Tykes are considering making a move for the pacey winger who has one year left on his deal in the East Midlands.
The report states scouts from Oakwell were believed to be present at Mansfield’s final few league games of the season, including the Stags’ penalty heartbreak in the play-off semi-final second leg defeat to Newport County.
The twenty-four-year-old enjoyed a great season in 2018/19, hitting the target fourteen times and contributing six assists in fifty-five appearances across all competitions. He was an influential member of the Stags side that came up just short in achieving League Two promotion.
Hamilton, who can also play as a wing-back and a striker, was reportedly the subject of a £750,000 bid from Preston North End in January which the Stags rejected. West Bromwich Albion were also thought to be interested in signing the former Sheffield United youth product in January.
The Yellows failure to win promotion last season has put the future of Hamilton in doubt, and there is likely to be several clubs from higher up the EFL willing to test the Stags resolve to keep hold of one of their star performers.
I‘ve little doubt that if Hamilton gets his head down and works hard, he will make an excellent signing for the Tykes.
He can drift out of games, but when he is on his game, he is a real handful and would not look out of place in the Championship.
From a Mansfield point of view, the appointment of John Dempster as the clubs new manager led many fans to conclude that the Radford’s were scaling back their substantial investment in the club.
Things have been unusually quiet on the new signing front for the stags so far this summer which will only add credibility to this theory.
However, if they hang onto Hamilton, it will be a real statement of intent that they want to push on and win promotion despite the possibility they could lose him for free next year.