Danny Haynes and Nathan Doyle are inching closer to the exit door – but Reds boss Keith Hill says he cannot give an exact date on when the out-of-favour pair complete their moves away from Oakwell.
Striker Haynes has held talks with League One leaders Charlton Athletic, who are keen to recruit the 23-year-old on a permanent basis.
The Addicks are thought to be keen on getting the deal done and dusted before their trip to Sheffield Wednesday this weekend, but Barnsley are believed to have rejected their initial offer.
Millwall, who want to take the Peckham-born forward on loan, and a few other clubs are also sniffing around Haynes.
Doyle, meanwhile, has been talking over a possible move to Preston North End, where he has spent time on loan this season.
But at this morning’s press conference at Oakwell, Hill said: “I’m not too sure what the situation is with those two players. They and their representatives have been holding talks with interested clubs. You’ll have to ask [director and general manager] Don Rowing. They are not players in my plans, and they are not players who have been involved in the preparation we have been doing this week for the trip to Leicester City. My focus is on that.
“Look, our players are only worth what another club are willing to pay.
“There are two clubs who have shown strong interest in Danny Haynes. That’s where we are.
“I would consider letting him go on loan until the end of the season but ideally for all concerned it would be preferable if it was a permanent transfer.
“And again, I’ve no idea on Nathan Doyle’s position. It is now up to the directors of the club to agree or not to agree to any offer that may be put on the table.”
Hill says that Jim O’Brien will miss Saturday’s trip to Leicester but ‘could start’ doing a bit of training sometime next week. The Scot has been out with a stomach muscle injury.
- Meanwhile Hill has today been linked with a move for Manchester City’s left-back Ryan McGivern. The Northern Ireland international is currently on loan at Bristol City and the Daily Mail have claimed that the Robins are stalling on a proposed £300,000 deal and that the Reds are ready to pounce. However, sources at Barnsley are refuting the claim.