Wolves manager Dean Saunders keen to keep Stephen Ward

The Wolves coach has revealed that he is unwilling to sell the Republic of Ireland international as he is without sufficient back up options
Wolves boss Dean Saunders has revealed that he has rejected several offers for left back Stephen Ward.

The 27-year-old defender, who arrived at Molineux from Bohemians in 2007, has since become a regular fixture in the Championship side and Saunders explained that he was unwilling to let the Republic of Ireland international leave the club because he has no back-up options available.

"[Stephen Ward] 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 told the Evening Herald.

He continued: "People forget some of these Premier League players who are out of favour at their clubs are on £40,000 to £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," added the Wolves boss.