BARNSLEY boss Daniel Stendel is in talks over a new deal at Barnsley, with his representatives conceding he has not had any contact from Middlesbrough over the managerial vacancy at the Riverside.

Stendel is currently a number of bookmakers’ favourite to replace Tony Pulis as Boro boss, having guided Barnsley to promotion from League One last season.

However, senior Boro sources insist the Teessiders’ hierarchy have not replaced either Stendel or the Barnsley board as part of their ongoing search for a new manager.

Jonathan Woodgate is the sole internal candidate for the role, with two external options also understood to still be in the running for the post.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic met with a senior delegation of Boro officials last month, and is still to decide on his future despite having been heavily linked with West Brom.

Stendel’s current Barnsley contract is due to expire next summer, and the Oakwell board are keen to tie him down to a new long-term deal. However, the German, who has also been linked with a possible move to Swansea City, is believed to be reluctant to commit to a contract extension until he sees what funds are made available for squad strengthening this summer.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, Stendel’s representative said: “In regards to the speculation from other clubs, we saw in the betting industry that there were some rumours about Daniel going to other clubs.

“At the moment, I can only say that he is under contract at Barnsley for another year and is therefore concentrating on his Barnsley future.”