Keith Hill insists a deal to bring Kelvin Etuhu to Barnsley is not imminent but could still happen.
Although the 23-year-old winger had a medical at Oakwell on Wednesday, the move has stalled as it is understood the Tykes are seeking medical advice over the results.
Etuhu made 10 league appearances for Manchester City before being released by the Premier League club in March after being jailed for assault.
Hill is thought to have offered Etuhu the chance to revive his career on a one-year deal.
And, although talks will be put on hold while the Tykes head to Spain for a week, the Barnsley boss stressed the deal is not dead just yet.
"People are jumping the gun and saying we've signed Kelvin, but nothing's been signed," he told The Star.
"Until a contract's signed then we've not signed a player, it's annoying to be honest.
"He's a player I admire, but at the moment the deal is ongoing because there are still things we need to look at.
"Nothing's going to happen now anyway because we're off to Spain next week for our training camp, so that's where things are at the moment."
Etuhu was sentenced to eight months in prison in March after pleading guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm and affray.
He was released from prison earlier this week but Hill believes the free agent can get his career back on track after taking him on loan at Rochdale in 2007.
"He's a good lad, but I'm not sure whether we're going to be able to sign him at this stage," added Hill.