JAMES Hanson appears certain to remain at Valley Parade after telling City: I want to stay here.

The striker has been the subject of three bids from League One rivals Millwall, all of which were turned down.

The Telegraph & Argus understands that Hanson was open to the prospect of a move down south but has now told City boss Phil Parkinson he has no desire to leave.

It can be revealed that Millwall made two offers via email for the 27-year-old with another bid made verbally.

The development that Hanson wants to stay should finally end Millwall’s interest in the imposing frontman, who has been a key figure during Parkinson’s reign.

Parkinson reiterated earlier this week that he had no intention of letting his best players go and Hanson will now report for pre-season training on Monday.

While news of Hanson staying has boosted the Bantams, the club’s progress in the transfer market remains slow.

City are searching for a new goalkeeper, a left winger and a striker to bolster their squad, although veteran former Leeds stopper Paul Robinson is not on the Bantams’ radar.

No agreement has yet been reached to re-sign defender Andrew Davies or forward Jon Stead, although City are still talking to the pair.