The Irons believe that had a deal been done elsewhere it’s certain news would have leaked back to them but not a single agent or outside source anywhere has been in touch with them.
A well placed Irons insider told ClaretandHugh: “It’s impossible to keep those things a secret. Something always spills out if a deal has been done but there’s been nothing – not a word.
“There has been an absolute silence which suggests the lad is still making up his mind and playing a very cagey game indeed.
“Everybody is hopeful that he and his agents will come back to the negotiating table. After seeing Mark Noble and James Tomkins agree deals it would be great to make it a hat-trick