According to a report from The Irish Sun, Championship trio Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic are all interested in experienced midfielder Glenn Whelan, who is available on a free transfer after his release from Aston Villa.

Aston Villa opted against renewing the contracts of a number of senior players after they sealed promotion to the Premier League, with the likes of Alan Hutton, Mile Jedinak, Albert Adomah and Glenn Whelan leaving the club this summer.

And, it has now been revealed that the latter mentioned of the four players, Glenn Whelan has turned the down the chance to make a move to Cyprus, with Championship interest in his services. We reported earlier this summer that Whelan was attracting interest from Blackburn Rovers, and now it has been claimed that new boys Cardiff City and Charlton Athletic are both interested in the midfielder as well. 

Interest from the Championship trio led him to turn down offer from Pafos, with a stay in the Championship his preference. Scottish sides Aberdeen, Hearts and Hibernian are also said to be keen on signing Whelan ahead of the new season, which is just a matter of weeks away.

  Millwall and Swansea City were interested in ex-Liverpool winger

The defensive midfielder has amassed plenty of experience in the Premier League and the Championship over the course of his career. He played 155 times for Sheffield Wednesday during his time with the club from 2004 to 2008, leaving Hillsborough for Stoke City, where he played a massive 337 matches.

At the end of his nine-year spell with Stoke, Whelan joined Aston Villa upon their relegation to the Championship, making 73 appearances for the club before his release at the end of last season.