BARNSLEY: Reds set for Kelvin Etuhu setback

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Barnsley’s pursuit of former Manchester City midfielder Kelvin Etuhu is looking like ending in disappointment.

The 23-year-old free agent ended last season at relegated Portsmouth and, after being offered a new two-year deal by Fratton Park boss Michael Appleton, indications are now that Etuhu is about to sign up for an extended South Coast stay.

Appleton said: “I am going to get the offer to Kelvin over the next day or two - if I can get hold of him!

“Seriously, I believe he is on holiday at the moment so it’s just a case of finding the best time to get him.

“It will be a two-year deal and, hopefully, he’ll accept it and be ready to stay with us.

“I think Kelvin has proven his worth since we gave him an opportunity and he helped push us hard in what was a difficult end to last season.

“It’s something I would like sorting out quickly and Kelvin has indicated that he would like to stay with us.”

Reds director Don Rowing told the Star yesterday: “We have spoken to Kelvin and his agent and put an offer to them, but it is looking increasingly like he will be staying with Portsmouth now.

“We’ll see how that one develops, but it isn’t looking overly promising.”

Rowing also confirmed that the Reds had now issued an improved offer for Brighton skipper Gordon Greer, but it does appear that he is also likely to stay on the South Coast as Seagulls boss Gus Poyet is reluctant to sell the experienced defender.

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