Osaze Urhoghide bats away Champions League interest to focus on Sheffield Wednesday survival - Club Brugge and Sporting keen

Sheffield Wednesday have a fight on their hands to keep hold of talented defender, Osaze Urhoghide, who is attracting serious interest.

By Joe Crann
Monday, 19th April 2021, 3:02 pm

The 20-year-old has been a bit of a shining light in what has been a season to forget for the Owls, putting in a number of impressive performances over the course of the campaign – especially for a player of his age.

Now though, with his contract due to expire at the end of June, Wednesday are on thin ice with regards to trying to persuade him to stick around at Hillsborough.

It has already been reported that the likes of Crystal Palace and Leeds United have been keeping a very close eye on the soon-to-be free agent, and the latest news reaching The Star is that two big European clubs have been in contact about a potential move.

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Champions League regulars, Club Brugge, and potential Primeira Liga winners, Sporting Clube de Portugal, have both gotten in touch about a potential precontract with the defender, however he has opted to put talks over his future on hold.

The Star understands that Urhoghide is far from decided about his future and what lies ahead, however while he’s not against staying at Hillsborough even in League One, he’ll certainly be assessing his options.

It is understood that the youngster’s main aim is to try and play his part in what would now be a great escape by the Owls, after which he will look at what’s on the table and make a decision about the next step in his career.

Sheffield Wednesday's Osaze Urhoghide is a wanted man. (David Klein / Sportimage)

Interest from Europe should come as no shock with regards to ‘Big O’ given the fact that he was born in the Netherlands and holds a Dutch passport, meaning that he wouldn’t be subjected to the rules surrounding non-EU players following the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union – it’s also appealing because of the set compensation amount when moving overseas rather than to an English club.

Wednesday face Blackburn Rovers tomorrow night as they head into their final four games of the season needing a major turnaround in form if they’re to pull off what would be a momentous escape.

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