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With two games still to go in the 2016/17 season, and with our Premier League place secured, links with players at other clubs continue to appear with Barnsley winger Marley Watkins the latest.

The 26-year-old wide player has been with Barnsley for the last two years, having signed from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, but has indicated that he will not sign a new deal and is looking at other options.

One of those options could have been Ipswich who tried to take him to Portman Road in January but reports have suggested that they will have no chance of securing his signature with other Championship clubs able to offer more and also with interest from the Premier League, which includes the Clarets.

Watkins started with Cheltenham, making his debut for them in League One in the 2008/09 season, but he dropped into non-league football with Bath City and Hereford before moving to Inverness four summers ago.

Two years on he signed for Barnsley and has scored 15 goals for the Tykes in 76 league games during his two years at Oakwell.

Former England defender Terry Butcher signed him for Inverness and he was hoping that he’d make the move to Ipswich, his former club. “He is a player that Town need. He can operate on either wing or play down the middle,” Butcher said.

“He is quick, has a lovely touch, is immensely strong and is good in the air. He is a nice lad too, I never had a problem with him. He was a pleasure to work with.”

Butcher added: “Has got unbelievable potential and is hungry to succeed.”

One of Watkins’s most recent goals for Barnsley came last month against Blackburn Rovers  at Ewood Park. The photograph shows him celebrating that goal.

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