Ireland midfielder Glenn Whelan has reportedly rejected a move to Cyprus with a host of Championship clubs interested in his signature.
According to a report in the Irish Sun, Whelan turned down a move to Pafos in Cyprus and would favour staying in England over even Scotland where the likes of Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibernian are all said to be keen.
Whelan was released by Aston Villa at the start of the summer despite impressing throughout their campaign as Dean Smith’s side achieved promotion to the Premier League, defeating Derby County in the playoff final.
The report also outlines that a trio of Championship clubs have shown interest in Whelan and feel that he still has much to offer in his role.
Cardiff, Blackburn and Charlton are the teams mentioned in the report and given Whelan’s vast experience he would be a smart pickup for any of those clubs.
Speaking in June, the 35-year-old explained that he wasn’t surprised following his release from the club and outlined how he received the news.
“We had quite a few lads who were out of contract but getting to the playoffs and then getting to the final nobody really wanted to talk about it.
“The only disappointment for me was that I went away on the Tuesday with my family and I had two missed calls when I arrived home, one from a journalist saying I’d been released, the other from the manager who said he wanted to speak to me, so from that point of view it’s disappointing but it’s something I had expected to be honest.”
It’s likely that staying in England will be key for Whelan if he is to continue his international career which has been revived under Mick McCarthy over the past year.
Whelan had previously retired or been retired in November of 2018 but was called back into the squad by McCarthy upon his return to the Irish setup, impressing in the games against Georgia and Denmark in particular.