Barnsley chairman Neerav Parekh told a fans’ forum on Friday night that they are ‘definitely keeping’ Liam Kitching and Jordan Williams this window and that a first team star is close to signing a new long-term deal.

Asked if Williams or Kitching – for whom Coventry City had a bid of £2.5million rising to £3million rejected – would be sold this window, Parekh said they were ‘definitely’ staying.

The chairman said: “We have have turned down multiple bids for players this summer. We turned down a bid for £3million and another in high six figures. Both of those players will be Barnsley players by the end of the window.”

Parekh added that another Reds player was set to sign a new long-term contract, following deals for Kitching and Luca Connell in the last year.

He added that the board had put in £3.5million, taking the total to £10million in the last year.

Parekh was addressing fans alongside director Julie Anne Quay and chief executive Khaled El-Ahmad.

Head coach Neill Collins was also there and said Aiden Marsh, from Monk Bretton, will be in tomorrow's matchday squad tomorrow against Oxford after his hat-trick for the under 21s. He added that midfielder Joe Ackroyd would have had an opportunity this already season but has a knee injury.