SHEFFIELD Wednesday have tabled a bid for highly-rated Southend United defender Bilel Mohsni, The Star understands.
Owls manager Dave Jones wants to strengthen his back four and is believed to be a big admirer of Mohsni’s.
The versatile player began his career in France before moving to the Shrimpers in August 2010 following a successful trial.
Mohsni, who has a year left to run on his contract at Roots Hall, is primarily a centre-back but has also filled in midfield and up front.
In 71 appearances for Southend, Mohsni has bagged 18 goals. The 24-year-old is likely to command a fee. Southend rejected a £200,000 offer from Blackpool for in January 2011.
A number of other Championship clubs, including Middlesbrough, Bolton Wanderers and Burnley, are also thought to be monitoring Mohsni’s situation.
It was Mohsni’s 21-minute hat-trick which secured the Shrimpers place in the League Two play-offs. His commitment to the cause has made him a fans favourite, but his disciplinary record is poor.
He has been sent off three times and cautioned on 19 occasions.
Wednesday, who remain in discussions with Reading over Michail Antonio and Diego Amado, are also set to sign David Norris.
Sources say the Owls have had an offer accepted for the gifted Portsmouth midfielder and are close to completing the transfer.
Pompey are looking to offload Norris, aged 31, to ease their financial problems following relegation to League One. He has also been linked to Leeds United.
Jones, meanwhile, says Wednesday are not “far away” from agreeing a deal to bring in Olhanense’s Paulo Regula. The Portuguese midfielder has had a medical but negotiations are still going on.