Barnsley have struck an agreement with striker Devante Cole over a free transfer move to the club. Former Wigan Athletic player Cole will leave Scottish Premiership outfit Motherwellthis summer at the end of his contract to join Barnsley in the English Championship.
Manchester City Academy graduate Cole has agreed a three-year deal with Barnsley who punched above their weight under French manager Valerien Ismael during the latest English Championship season. Ismael led Barnsley to fifth place at the end of the regular season and a place in the playoffs. Barnsley would go on to lose to Welsh team Swansea City in the playoff semi-finals over two legs.
Swansea City won 2-1 on aggregate to seal a spot in the playoff final ahead of Barnsley. Swansea City were then beaten 2-0 in the final by London outfit Brentford who sealed a place in the Premier League for the new season as a result.
Cole, 26, scored 12 goals in 31 games for Motherwell to finish as their topscorer. He also scored four goals for the club while he was on loan from Wigan Athletic the previous season.
The former Wigan Athletic attacker will join Barnsley for his second spell at the club. He had previously spent one season at Oakwell.
Cole scored five goals in 19 appearances for Barnsley during the 2014/15 campaign.
Barnsley manager Ismael would be hoping that Cole can give his team the necessary firepower needed in the new season as theytarget Premier League promotion once again after coming close this season. The team from the recently finished campaign has already been decimated afterstriker Daryl Dike returned to Orlando City in the MLS after a successful loan spell. He scored nine goals in 19 appearances for Barnsleybefore leaving the club at the end of the season.