Barnsley chairman Gordon Shepherd insists the club have not given up hope of re-signing Luke Steele before next month's FA Cup semi-final.
Steele played an integral role in The Tykes' march to the last four, which included famous victories over Liverpool and Chelsea.
However, the goalkeeper returned to his parent club West Brom on Monday after Barnsley were unable to agree a deal to extend his loan at Oakwell.
Shepherd, though, is hopeful that the situation might be resolved before the Wembley showdown with Cardiff on 6th April.
"We have not given up on signing Luke," he said in the Yorkshire Post.
"We want to take Luke on loan and West Brom want us to make the deal permanent.
"I don't know if anyone from Barnsley has spoken to Luke since he returned to West Brom on Monday, but he knows we want to keep him.
"The two managers are still talking. The deal is not dead by any means."