Irvine - No worries over duo
Sheff Wed manager Alan Irvine has revealed Lee Grant and Marcus Tudgay are happy to remain at the club.
Last Updated: 18/01/10 11:01am
Sheffield Wednesday manager Alan Irvine has revealed Lee Grant and Marcus Tudgay are happy to remain at the club.
Speculation has grown that former boss Brian Laws wants to take the duo to Burnley but Irvine is adamant there have been no bids for any of his players, and that he is under no pressure to sell.
He told the Sheffield Star: "I had a great chat with Lee and he seems to be extremely happy here.
"He's a lad who desperately wants to play every week, and obviously he's doing that."
The Clarets are long-standing admirers of Tudgay and had a £1.5million bid for him turned down in the summer.
The striker has scored just six times this season, and only once in his last 15 games, but Irvine is confident he will soon by firing on all cylinders once again.
"I also asked Marcus straight away how he was," added Irvine.
"There was a lot of speculation in the summer. He said he had signed a new contract, that the opportunity to join Burnley last year had gone, and he was very happy to be here and help us try to get out of the position we're in.
"He said he's very happy at the club though he knows one or two people have questioned that.
"He's not scored the goals that we would want him to score but he's desperate to do that."
Irvine admits rumours linking managers with their former players are "only natural" and is unconcerned by the gossip.
He said: "If people felt that we had some money then I'd probably be getting linked with Andy Lonergan, Sean St Ledger and one or two more at Preston.
"I doubt if Brian has been having time to think about anything other than rushing about and dealing with the urgent things.
"I think it might be some time before he gets head around what he might do in the transfer window."