Barnsley have confirmed they are ready to hijack Cardiff City's bid for Michael Chopra.
The Newcastle striker enjoyed a prolific loan spell at Oakwell during the 2004/05 season and now The Tykes are keen to bring him back to Yorkshire after winning promotion to The Championship.
The 22-year-old is set to reject a contract offer from The Magpies in search of first team football, and Cardiff have been the first club to make an approach as they attempt to compensate for the departure of Cameron Jerome.
However Barnsley supremo Patrick Cryne has now confirmed that The Tykes are also set on recruiting the Newcastle man.
"If someone is 'box office', we're more likely to find the funds than if it is someone who won't excite the fans," Cryne told the Yorkshire Post.
"Chopra is absolutely the kind of player I would like to see. He is very well liked at Barnsley."
Although Chopra is out of contract Newcastle will still be due compensation due to his age and the fact that he graduated from the St James' Park academy.