Chesterfield defender Liam Cooper will go into Capital One Cup action against former club Huddersfield Town tonight knowing a new contract is on the agenda.
The Spireites have turned down two offers from Leeds for the 22-year-old, but the Elland Road club are still not going away and are said to be refreshing their interest ahead of playing Accrington Stanley tonight.
Cooper, loaned to Town from Hull in 2011 and signed by Chesterfield in January 2013, is in the final 12 months of a two-and-a-half-year deal.
Blues boss Paul Cook insists the club plan to take the necessary steps - finances permitting - to safeguard one of their prized assets.
“It is encouraging that we are in a position where we don’t have to sell our players and we can turn down offers when they come our way,” said Cook, who guided the Spireites to the League II title last season.
“It shows we are doing something right.
“We have worked on new contracts for the likes of Sammy Morsy, Jimmy Ryan, Tendayi Darikwa, and a few others, because we do have some very good players at this club.
“We don’t want to see players run into the final year of their contracts and run down their deals - we want to stop that happening.”