Sheffield Wednesday defender close to shock switch to ambitious League One rivals Ipswich Town
One of Sheffield Wednesday’s many players set to leave the club at the end of the month is close to sealing an exciting move to one of the club’s major divisional rivals, according to reports.
The EADT report that 23-year-old wing back Matt Penney, who was one of 10 senior players confirmed to be leaving on free transfer terms at the end of their deals, will join Ipswich Town.
Penney, a lifelong Wednesdayite who made his debut in 2018 and went on to make 32 appearances for the club, spent a season on loan at German second tier side St Pauli during the 2019/20 season and had hopes for a breakthrough year at Hillsborough, but spent large portions of the season left out despite being the only recognised left sided defender.
A confirmed switch for Penney would see him follow Joost van Aken (Zulte Waregem) and Jordan Rhodes (Huddersfield) as those to have secured a new club.
The report also links Ipswich with a transfer move for Salford City’s highly-rated Czech goalkeeper Václav Hladký.
The Tractor Boys, recently bought out by ambitious American owners and managed by once Wednesday-linked Paul Cook, have made a handful of eyebrow-raising signings in what has already been a drastic squad overhaul.
Cook’s men are widely expected to be one of the front-runners for promotion from the third tier having already added the likes of Lee Evans, Rekeem Harper, Wes Burns and Macauley Bonne to their squad.
There is work to be done with the club having released 19 senior players, however, and Ipswich CEO Mark Ashton made clear the club will continue in their ambition in the coming weeks.