YEOVIL Town have started negotiating with Everton to broker extended stays for loan stars Shane Duffy and John Lundstram.
The Premier League pair have taken little time to impress the Huish Park faithful, with both playing key roles in the Glovers' current three-game unbeaten run.
Midfielder Lundstram arrived in South Somerset on November's loan transfer deadline day, while defender Duffy agreed a third month at the same time, which will expire after the Sky Bet Championship Boxing Day outing at AFC Bournemouth.
Despite both players having at least three games remaining on their current agreements, Yeovil manager Gary Johnson revealed he was already in talks with the Toffees to ensure the pair could sign terms with Town again as soon as the transfer window re-opens in January.
Johnson said: "We have to talk and we have to agree in principle. They're both on short-term loans at the moment. If we can keep them both we that's ideally what we will do.
"We hope that we have created a good enough atmosphere with the lads and with Everton so that they will stay. Negotiations have already started. The two clubs are making contact because both clubs will have to know what their players are doing after Christmas."
The Glovers head to bottom club Barnsley on Saturday not only aiming to put one over their relegation rivals but to also climb clear of the bottom three having spurned the opportunity against Charlton Athletic last weekend. Johnson said his travelling party will not be reading too much into their opposition's lowly league position, nor their vacant dugout.
"There's no pattern with players," said Johnson. "The top teams that have the best players have the most consistency in their players and then there's other teams with players who aren't consistent, and those are the teams around us.
"All we can do as a management staff is do all we can to get them prepared. When you're out there it comes down to their competitiveness and, of course, their ability. We will do all we can to get them out there right.
"Sometimes a new manager comes in and they get a result. We know that Barnsley have got some good players that can be dangerous. We know that all Championship sides can beat all of the others on their day and it looks like (caretaker manager) Micky Mellon wants the job.
"He will think that if he wins two out of three games he's got every chance (of becoming full time boss). I'm sure he will be doing his utmost to get the lads competitive.
"I don't see it (Barnsley being without a permanent manager) as a positive or a negative, I just know it's a situation we have got to be aware of."