Gregg Broughton has heaped praise on Adam Wharton's representatives for their conduct during the summer transfer window.

The Blackburn Rovers midfielder was the subject of intense speculation about his future with Premier League clubs interested. Everton were linked with a move, which could've involved swap deals, early in the window.

Newcastle United and Wolves were also touted as possible destinations, with the latter still credited with an interest in recent weeks. Despite that, no official offer was made to Blackburn Rovers for Wharton.

There was confidence throughout the summer that Wharton would remain at Ewood Park. The talented midfielder is tied down to a long-term contract and is a boyhood fan, having come through the academy.

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The chances of him pushing for a move were always unlikely, particularly considering his current agents. Wharton is represented by Omini Sports agency, who also have his brother Scott and Hayden Carter on their books.

In a world where agents can often be a driving force in players moving clubs, Broughton has praised those looking after Wharton. He feels they have his best interest at heart and acknowledged the best thing for Wharton's development was to stay at Blackburn.

"There were no formal bids on the table," Broughton told The Lancashire Telegraph last month. "There were tentative enquiries, especially with some swap deals earlier in the window.

"I always felt we would keep Adam this summer. There wasn't a huge push, usually from the agent and the player making themselves available. We knew that wouldn't come from Adam, he's happy at the football club and he can see his development.

"I have to say, he's got very strong representation. I have to give a lot of credit to his agent, Adam is with a top agent who understands young players' development. He understands that when they leave the club they have to continue their momentum and if you go to a Premier League club as a young player as an Under-21 or a squad player, your momentum stops. 

"Adam and his representatives understand that and when he does leave Blackburn Rovers, it will be because he can take a forward step and make his momentum go further forward."

Wharton signed a contract extension at Rovers in September, tying him down until 2027. The midfielder has been a regular this season, starting nine of Rovers' 11 Championship matches.

Tomasson has previously described Wharton's quality in-possession as 'Champions League level'. The next step for the midfielder is to continue working on his work off the ball and build consistency over the course of a 46-game Championship season.