Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan has told the Yorkshire Post that he wants to extend his deal but Dejphon Chansiri being out the country has delayed the situation.
The Owls captain is out of contract at the end of the current season.
Bannan joined Wednesday from Crystal Palace back in 2015 and he has gone on to make more than 200 appearances for the club in all competitions.
The 31-year-old remains an integral part of the side, but his contract situation has raised questions over his future at Hillsborough along with the likes of Adam Reach and Tom Lees.
But speaking out, Bannan says he wants to stay, and a new deal should be forthcoming.
“I’ve made it clear what I want to do, I want to stay at the club. We’re nearly there so hopefully there will be some good news in the coming week or two. I’ve made it clear where I want to be. It’s difficult with the chairman not being in the country at the minute, so it’s hard to get things done but we’re nearly there and hopefully in a few weeks’ time it will be all done and I can concentrate on getting results for the club,” he explained.
Wednesday are still manager-less after sacking Tony Pulis in December.
The Owls’ immediate focus will be hiring a new manager. But the club have taken their time, and they run the risk of January being looked at as a missed opportunity.
Aside from the contract situations regarding Bannan, Reach, Lees, Joost van Aken and Kadeem Harris among others, the club’s position in the table should prompt action in the market.
So far only Andre Green as arrived on a free transfer following his release from Aston Villa. Wednesday must look at bringing in another striker and creative player.
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