Iron firm over Paterson

Striker told he will not leave Glanford Park

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Martin Paterson will not be allowed to leave Scunthorpe despite his public declaration that he would be 'very unhappy' to still be at Glanford Park next season.

The Northern Ireland international is desperate to stay in the Championship following Scunthorpe's relegation and he has not been short of suitors from England's second tier.

Burnley have already had a £550,000 bid rejected, while Norwich and Preston are also thought to be monitoring the situation closely.

However, for all the 21-year-old's protestations that he wants to leave, Iron chairman Steve Wharton is adamant the player will not be sold.

"In light of recent interviews, Iron chairman Steve Wharton has spoken to Martin Paterson and explained the club's position to him," read a club statement.

"There is nothing further to add other than to re-iterate that Martin is not for sale."