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One player heavily linked with the Clarets since the end of last season is Sheffield Wednesday, and former Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, midfielder Barry Bannan who is keen to play Premier League football but exactly where he is at Hillsborough.

The 27-year-old Bannan, who has also played for Derby, Blackpool, Leeds and Bolton during loan spells, has been with Wednesday for two seasons in which they’ve reached the play-offs on both occasions. A year ago they were beaten by Hull in the final while this year they went out at the semi-final stage against Huddersfield.

At a club where manager Carlos Carvalhal tends to rotate his players on a regular basis, Bannan has appeared in 78 league games for them including 42 starts last season. His performances have attracted interest from a number of clubs but Bannan has confirmed he’s happy where he is.

Speaking to the Sheffield Star, the Scotland international said: “The manager, my team mates and the fans have been brilliant with me. It is the happiest I’ve been in football. There is no reason for me to move at the minute.

“Obviously I want to play in the Premier League again but I want to be playing there with this club. I don’t see any point in me moving. I’m enjoying myself here and I have two years left on my contract.

“It is nice to be getting linked with other clubs as it shows you are playing well. it is a good think but I’m happy where I am. I love this club. The club have been brilliant with me since day one and I feel as if I owe the club a lot. Things can change quickly in football but I am happy where I am and I want to get this team to the Premier League.”

It looks, therefore, as if we can cross Bannan off the list and that also seems to be the case where Stoke’s Glenn Whelan is concerned. The Potters turned down a bid of £500,000 this week from Aston Villa but he’s expected to join a Championship club this summer. Villa are likely to come back with a bigger while there is also interested from recently relegated Sunderland.

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