Barnsley boss Danny Wilson is hoping to be reacquainted with skipper Martin Cranie next season.
And Wilson also wants star striker Chris O’Grady to continue plying his trade at Oakwell.
Centre-back Cranie was one of the Reds’ better performers last season despite relegation from the Championship, while former Sheffield Wednesday and hitman O’Grady still managed to bag 15 goals in a beleaguered campaign.
And Wilson has told The Star he hasn’t been surprised with the rumoured interest for both players, although only one official bid – for O’Grady – has been tabled during the summer.
“Martin’s position is very similar to Chris, he’s a Barnsley player and we’re preparing for the season with him in our squad,” said Wilson.
“He’s such a steady and reliable player, he had a good season for us last season.
“I’d be surprised if there wasn’t in interest in players like Martin and Chris, they’ve both done well.”
Meanwhile, Wilson has confirmed the squad will play two friendly games on their pre-season trip to Italy next week (15-22 July). The Reds are due to play Torino on Sunday 20th July, with the other fixture yet to be confirmed.