BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has stressed that he does not want to sell winger Matty Done.
The Star understands that Crystal Palace made a third bid for the player this week, but their offer was rejected.
Hill is a big admirer of Done, having signed him from his former club, Rochdale.
“Why would I want to sell Matty Done? He’s a player I want to keep,” Hill told The Star.
“Crystal Palace want him, but we’re not going to let him go unless we’ve got a ready-made replacement, and that’s not going to be easy to find in this division.
“Crystal Palace keep coming back and asking the question but, as far I’m concerned, they can keep asking the question.”
Hill had hoped to persuade Doncaster Rovers midfielder James Coppinger to join the club on a loan deal to cover for injuries to Done and fellow wingers Jim O’Brien and Toni Silva.
But Coppinger, one of Rovers’ longest-serving players, has expressed a desire to hold out for a permanent deal before the transfer window closes.
Hull City and Palace are both believed to be interested in signing Coppinger, but Hill told The Star that the player will not be coming to Oakwell.
“He [James] doesn’t want to tie himself to a loan deal at the moment,” revealed Hill.
“I respect him because he wants to see if he can get a permanent deal over the next seven days or so before the window closes.
If he doesn’t get a permanent deal than we might revisit that situation,” he added.
“But, to be honest, we’ve got other players we’re looking at and we’re going to see what we can do.”
The Star understands that Hill has three or four options as he continues to search for re-inforcements, with 10 players currently injured and goalkeeper Ben Alnwick suspended for one more match.
Alnwick will be available for Tuesday night’s away clash with Swansea City in the Capital One Cup, so Hill will have to decide whether to keep cover keeper David Gonzalez at the club.
Columbia international Gonzalez agreed non-contract terms to cover for the suspended Alnwick and injured Luke Steele, but with Alnwick back in the frame, Hill has a future at Oakwell.
New signing Martin Cranie could be handed his full debut away to Brighton this afternoon as the Reds look to bounce back from Tuesday night’s 3-1 away defeat by Wolves.
Meanwhile, midfielder David Perkins - who is missing this weekend with a hamstring injury - has signed a one-year contract extension that has taken his deal to 2014.