Barnsley have hit a brick wall in their attempts to sign centre half Adam El-Abd from Brighton and Hove Albion.
The Reds had made a move for the 28 year old Egypt international who made 34 appearances for the Seagulls in 2012-2013, helping them into the Championship play-offs but was believed to be looking to end his ten year stay in Sussex after the axing of manager Gus Poyet.
Barnsley had held talks with El-Abd’s representatives but new chief executive Ben Mansford told BBC Radio Sheffield:
“Adam was somebody who would have fitted the bill for what we wanted to achieve in regards the centre half position. We talked to Adam and the manager (David Flitcroft) talked to Adam and unfortunately Adam is not looking to take that forward. His representatives have not rushed back to us so I do not think we will see Adam coming into the football club.”