BARNSLEY co-chairman Paul Conway says that he is on the lookout for a SPFL club to take over - and believes that the Scottish FA will relax their rules on dual ownership to facilitate such a move.

Conway was part of a consortium that attempted to buy Championship outfit Partick Thistle last year before Euromillions winner Colin Weir completed his takeover of the club, with NewCity Capital already owning significant stakes in Barnsley and Swiss side Thun.

Conway's bid to buy Thistle may have come up short in any instance due to guidelines put in place by the SFA preventing the ownership of multiple clubs, but the American businessman thinks that this stumbling block will be removed to encourage investment in SPFL teams as they struggle to make ends meet during football's prolonged hiatus.

And, according to reports, Conway has already approached two Premiership clubs to gauge interest in a potential takeover.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: "We want to take this opportunity in the current environment to say to clubs in Scotland, 'We are open for business'.

"We are hearing there might be more flexibility with regard to dual ownership, which might be a good thing during this difficult period for clubs.

"We can move fast for the right opportunity in the Scottish league and we are open to creative deals.

"We would look to bring the same methods we employ with our other clubs such as Barnsley - which is a young team, data-led, balancing a budget sensibly. We would look to run a club as a proper business.

"To that end we have told the SFA and the league to feel free to get the word out that we are open to conversations with Scottish clubs."