TWO foreign buyers are at the centre of a takeover battle for Barnsley Football Club - with investors promising to spend £10 million on the squad.

An Italian consortium and a group of Qatari businessmen have made enquiries about buying the club.

The Italian group attended the Reds’ 125-year anniversary game against Blackpool earlier this month.

Talks have been ongoing for the last month and reports claim the investors would be willing to pump up to £10 million into the squad.

Club director Don Rowing said: “We have been approached but there are no offers at this stage.

"There are a number of interested parties because the club has been stabilised over the years and is now debt free and is therefore attractive to certain investors.“