Barnsley and Wycombe Wanderers are set to battle it out for the signature of Brentford striker Aaron Pressley, according to Football Insider.
A number of clubs across the EFL are reportedly in the chase for the striker, who has represented Scotland at under-21 level. Among those clubs are Cheltenham Town and Cambridge United, as well as League Two clubs, Sutton United and Stockport County, who narrowly missed out on being a League One club themselves.
The Scotland youth star has found it hard to achieve first team minutes for the Premier League club since joining from Aston Villa as a youth graduate in January 2020, he has only made three senior appearances for the Bees since his arrival. In the 2021/22 campaign, the striker was sent out on loan to AFC Wimbledon and spent last season on loan with Accrington Stanley.
His loan spell with Accrington Stanley saw him make 27 appearances for the League One outfit, scoring eight goals and providing one assist. His Wimbledon loan spell saw him make 27 appearances also, but he only scored four goals, as he suffered a hamstring injury.
Pressley has been a standout in the Brentford B team, in 2021/22 he won the side’s Player’s Player of the Year award, topping the scoring charts with 19 goals in 26 appearances as he waited patiently for a first team call up. However, he appears to have grown tired of waiting for his opportunity with the Premier League side and is ready to move on this summer. The club are also open to the forward moving on a permanent basis this summer.
Barnsley will be looking to strengthen their squad as they attempt to chase promotion once again next season, narrowly missing out last campaign, falling to defeat at Wembley to Sheffield Wednesday. Michael Duff will look to beat his former club Cheltenham Town, who he left to take over at Barnsley, to the striker’s signature as well as the other club’s who are in the pack to sign the forward.
Pressley meanwhile, will be looking to seal a move as soon as possible, as he looks to move on to earn more game time and further his development.
Pressley has shone in the Brentford B team and his numbers there show a player who could be ready for a step up, his time at Brentford appears to be over and with no sign of a call up to the first team, even with Ivan Toney’s long suspension beginning, it comes as no surprise. However, even with Brentford open to selling the player, it would be difficult to imagine that move coming without incentives such as a buy back clause or even a percentage of the next sale.