Latest on Reece James' status with Doncaster Rovers amid reported interest from other clubs
Reece James will only explore deals with Championship clubs as an alternative to remaining with Doncaster Rovers, the Free Press understands.
The full back and his representatives have told Rovers that he has no interest in moving to another League One club should he not land a contract with a second tier side this summer.
James is out of contract with Rovers at the end of next month but the club have tabled an offer to extend his stay at the Keepmoat.
New Rovers boss Richie Wellens is understood to be very keen to retain James’ services.
Discussions over the 27-year-old’s future at Rovers began in March but it is understood that he informed the club he wished to see if there was interest from the Championship after a successful personal season.
James was one of Rovers’ star men as he showed his versatility to play in a variety of positions across midfield, as well as his natural left back berth. Only 18 of his 48 appearances this season came at left back, while he netted seven goals.
Championship clubs have shown an interest in James but there is yet to be a concrete offer on the table.
Sheffield Wednesday are reported to be interested in signing James as former Rovers boss Darren Moore begins to rebuild his squad after relegation to League One.
A reunion with Moore is not thought to be a strong enough pull alone for James to abandon his stance on not leaving Rovers for another League One side.