WIGAN have made an improved bid to Barnsley in an attempt to entice Sunderland target John Stones to the DW.
Roberto Martinez’s men have already made a bid for the Tykes’ full-back earlier in this window but it was rejected.
The Black Cats are known to be interested but are yet to make an official offer to the Championship club.
Wigan are known to be in the hunt for a new full-back and are also in the hunt to take Danny Simpson from Newcastle United.
Barnsley do not want to lose one of their star youngsters and hope that Wigan’s bid for the 18-year-old may trigger a bidding war among interested Premier League clubs.