Motherwell's Devante Cole has left the club to join English Championship side Barnsley.

The striker had a decent season for the Steel Men this term, bagging 12 goals in 31 appearances.

The club revealed they did try to keep hold of their star striker but, when the Tykes came in, the 26-year-old opted to head back to Oakwell.

Cole spent a season on loan at Barnsley back in 2014 and scored seven times and returns to the club after six years.

Barnsley finished fifth in the Championship table this term, pushing for Premier League promotion only to lose out to Swansea City in the play-offs.

'Well released a statement confirming the exit. The club said: "Devante Cole has signed for Barnsley.

"The forward, who was offered new terms to extend his stay at Fir Park, has instead taken up the offer to join the English Championship side.

"Cole’s second spell with Motherwell saw him finish as top scorer in the 2020/21 season, netting 12 goals in 31 appearances.

"His first stint – a loan spell from Wigan Athletic in early 2019/20 – brought a further four goals from 21 matches.

"Cole now heads to Barnsley who were in Premier League promotion contention last campaign. A fifth-place finish put them in the play-offs, where they lost to Swansea City in the semi-finals.

"We thank Devante for all his contributions at Motherwell and wish him the very best for the future."