Where Doncaster Rovers stand on speculation over interest in skipper Ben Whiteman

Doncaster Rovers have no interest in listening to approaches for captain Ben Whiteman, the Free Press understands.
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Speculation has grown in the past few days that several Championship clubs are considering moves for the 23-year-old before the transfer window closes next week.

Rovers however would not welcome interest in Whiteman, who the club sees as a vital member of the side going forward.

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The midfielder’s new three-and-a-half year contract, signed in November, is seen as an indication of long-term planning.

And Rovers’ focus this month is to add to the squad and build around key players such as Whiteman for the future.

It is understood that there is also no pressing need to raise funds through player sales.

It does however seem likely that interest in Whiteman will only intensify.

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We understand the midfielder’s representatives have been made aware of interest from more than a dozen clubs since last summer, when he was the subject of failed bids from Hull City.

Having established himself as one of League One’s top players and given his age, he will be highly sought after and it seems likely Rovers’ resolve will be tested either this month or in the summer.

Derby County, Barnsley and Blackburn Rovers are the latest clubs to be linked with a move for Whiteman. Huddersfield Town and Preston North End have been the subject of previous speculation.

Rovers rejected a substantial seven figure sum for Whiteman from Hull last summer, with the former Manchester United trainee not interested in leaving the Keepmoat at the time.