Sheffield Wednesday have knocked back two Brentford bids to sign Barry Bannan, Football Insider has revealed.
Bannan is attracting the interest of the Bees at this late stage of the window and two bids – the highest coming to £1.5m – have reportedly been knocked back by the Yorkshire side.
The interest in Bannan has emerged in the last 48 hours, with Brentford looking to lure the Wednesday skipper out of Hillsborough.
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The 30-year-old has seen his contract at Wednesday creep into its final 12 months and, as things stand, there’s no offer on the table to extend that.
As per Football Insider, Wednesday have fielded two offers from Brentford for Bannan’s service. Both have been knocked back, with the first at £1.25m and the second totalling £1.5m.
Garry Monk is hoping to see Bannan sign a new contract with Wednesday rather than moving on to a new challenge. He’s quoted by Yorkshire Live as saying: “Barry is one of those ones where we are going to try and negotiate and want to offer a new contract. Baz is an important, integral part of moving forward.”
Bannan has made a total of 214 appearances for Wednesday, scoring 12 goals. Monk has trusted the Scot with the captain’s armband this season as Wednesday look to bounce back following a 12-point deduction in the off-season.
Forget Bannan’s contract situation, £1.5m isn’t going to land his service.
He’s far too important to Wednesday. In my eyes, selling him is basically writing this season off and accepting relegation.
Monk is never going to accept that and selling Bannan from under his nose would be a bad, bad statement of intent.
Wednesday appear to be in the right frame of mind by offering fresh terms to warn Brentford off.
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