Butterfield keeps Reds hanging on over a new Oakwell contract

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BARNSLEY director Don Rowing says there have been “no” new developments over skipper Jacob Butterfield signing a new contract.

England Under-21 international Butterfield has been offered a new deal at Oakwell, but is keeping his options open with a string of Premier League clubs rumoured to be interested.

There were reports that suggested the Reds had offered Butterfield an improved offer as an extra incentive to keep the 21-year-old.

But Rowing revealed those reports were wide of the mark.

“We’ve not changed our offer, that’s just paper talk,” said Rowing. “We’ve offered Jacob a new contract and we’re still waiting to see what he’s going to do. It’s a very good deal and we’d like him to stay, but I don’t anything is going to happen until January any way.”

The transfer window re-opens then, with Everton boss David Moyes and Wolves manager Mick McCarthy linked with Butterfield.

But Rowing stressed: “We’ve had no interest from any clubs, so I’m not going to speculate. There’s been no official interest, but if there was an interest in January we’d have to consider any offers like we would do for any other players. For now the team having been doing well and I think they’re just concentrating on trying to be successful over the Christmas period.

“Losing to Ipswich on Saturday was disappointing because we felt we had a good chance to win the game at 2-0 ahead. We seemed to switch off at half-time for whatever reason and they showed how good a side they are.

“But the last four or five games prior to that have been very good and the team have shown what they’re capable of.”