Leeds United man set to complete Sheffield Wednesday switch

Sheffield Wednesday are all set to win the race for Leeds United attacking midfielder Ian Poveda, The Star understands.
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The Colombian international is believed to have set off on his way towards Sheffield sometime after 4.30pm to put the finer details on a switch later tonight. Initial indications suggested the deal would be a permanent move, though it now seems it could be on loan terms.

Wednesday's relegation rivals Birmingham City are understood to have been keen to sign the 23-year-old former Barcelona youth prospect, who has 45 Championship appearances to his name across his time at Leeds and on loan with Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool.

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There were fears that the presence of his former Rovers manager Tony Mowbray at Birmingham would lean the deal towards St Andrews. The Star understands the Blues have been working to shift players on before a deal could be done to press on with the signing of Poveda and with little progress likely, Wednesday have made the switch happen barring some late drama.

A sparkling youth prospect with Chelsea, Arsenal, Barca, Brentford and Manchester City, Poveda was part of City matchday squads but never made his full debut with the club, signing for Marcelo Bielsa and Leeds United in 2020 after a recommendation from Bielsa disciple Pep Guardiola. He has played 14 matches at Premier League level and can play either as a wide man in a front three or more centrally.

The move signals another switch towards the sort of profile Danny Röhl has spoken about wanting to build at S6; a young and dynamic young signing with sell-on potential. The Owls are said to be working on further deals as time ticks down towards tonight's 11pm deadline, with Swansea City left-back Kristian Pedersen linked with a move to S6 by BBC Sheffield.

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