Jamie Ward's agent has confirmed that Barnsley have made a £400,000 bid for the Chesterfield striker.

It was revealed on Monday that the Tykes had approached Chesterfield about taking Ward, who has scored 16 goals in all competitions this season, to Oakwell.

At least one other Championship club are known to be interested in signing the Northern Ireland Under-21 international, but his representative Gino Culbertson insists that Barnsley are in poll position.

"Jamie has always wanted to play at the highest level possible. Barnsley are the first to break cover and announce that they have made an offer," Culbertson told the Derbyshire Times.

"It is a very good offer for Chesterfield and it makes Barnsley the front runners for his signature. Being at a Championship club would enhance his chances of playing international football."

Should Chesterfield sell Ward they must pay his former club Torquay 25% of the fee. Ward arrived at Saltergate from the Devon club in a £100,000 deal in January 2007.
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