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Wolves fend off interest as rivals prowl for Ward

WOLVES have turned down bids from unnamed Championship clubs for Ireland international Stephen Ward.

The former Bohemians man (pictured), who joined Wolves for a bargain €200,000 in 2007, is one of the longest-serving players at the club, but manager Dean Saunders is facing the prospect of having to sell players to reduce the wage bill, though he's not keen for Ward to leave.

"Wardy is the only left-back at the club and there are only two or three left-backs available who I feel could play at this level in our team," Saunders said.

"People forget some of these Premier League players who are out of favour at their clubs are on £40,000-£50,000-a-week. I've had phone calls about Wardy and I've said 'no' all along.

"I'd rather not say who the clubs are in for our players because, if they sign someone else, those players they sign will then know they weren't first choice."