Sheffield Wednesday: Owls mull over Andrews switch

Sam Hutchinson and Caolan Lavery
Sam Hutchinson and Caolan Lavery
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Sheffield Wednesday are considering making a move for out-of-favour Bolton Wanderers midfielder Keith Andrews as Stuart Gray looks to bring in further reinforcements.

Despite capturing goalkeeper Keiren Westwood and utility player Sam Hutchinson this week, Owls boss Gray is keen to further strengthen his squad.

And The Star understands Wednesday are keeping close tabs on ex-Republic of Ireland international Andrews.

The 33-year-old is resigned to leaving Bolton to find regular first-team football this summer, having been left out of their pre-season Scandinavian tour, which began yesterday. It is believed Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman wants to trim their wage bill and would like to offload Andrews, one of the club’s high earners, to free up some space in the budget for new additions.

It is understood Andrews is discussing a severance package with the Championship club over the last year of his contract.

Andrews spent the majority of last season on loan at Brighton and Hove Albion as they reached the play-off semi-finals. He featured in both legs against Derby County.

Huddersfield Town are leading the chase to land Andrews and have offered the central midfielder the incentive of the captain’s armband in a bid to lure him to the John Smiths Stadium. It remains to be seen whether the Owls will make a formal bid for Andrews.

Hutchinson, meanwhile, has agreed a two-year deal with Wednesday. The former Chelsea man, aged 24, impressed while on loan with the Owls last season, making 10 appearances.

Gray said: “We’ve got Sam over the line. When quality Premier League players are out of contract, there is a lot of competition to get their signature.

“Sam had several options but I’m delighted to get him in the building.

“I know what he can give the team, he can play in two or three positions for us and is 100 per cent committed.”