Reported Derby County and Blackburn Rovers target Ben Whiteman has told NTT20 podcast that he is focusing on Doncaster Rovers amid transfer talk.

The Rovers midfielder has been linked with a move away from the club.

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Football Insider claim Derby County, Blackburn Rovers and Barnsley were among the Championship clubs looking to sign him during January.

But Whiteman says he is just focusing on his current club until the summer.

My full focus is on Doncaster Rovers until the end of the season and see where that takes me. I signed a new contract not too long ago and I need to respect that. I’m really enjoying my time at Doncaster Rovers, the fans and staff have been different class with me.

Whiteman has been one of the best players in League One this season.

The holding midfielder has scored five goals in 31 league starts. Moreover, he tops the League One passing charts, averaging 63.9 per game.

Whiteman, 23, came through the Manchester United youth ranks before joining Donny.

Derby’s Krystian Bielik suffered an ACL knee ligament injury in January, leaving the Rams with limited midfield options before Graeme Shinnie’s return to action.

Manager Phillip Cocu may see Whiteman as a potential option this summer to help bolster his ranks with Tom Huddlestone’s contract set to expire in June.

(Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images).

Championship rivals Blackburn and Barnsley, meanwhile, have also been linked.

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