Sheffield Wednesday rumours: Owls step up chase for towering defender, Derby County could sign Champions League winner
Sheffield Wednesday are hard at work preparing for next season, as they prepare to lose a host of players at the end of the month and look to rebuild with quality signings over the course of the summer.
The Owls were condemned to relegation on the final day of last season, with a 3-3 draw with Derby County not enough to see them avoid the drop, and the side will now be playing League One football in the 2021/22 campaign - for the first time in a decade.
Discussing Wednesday's need to rebuild, former star player Carlton Palmer gave his verdict on the club's predicament, and claimed: “The players who are there now can’t do that [win promotion], in my opinion. The players can’t do that because if they could do that, they wouldn’t have got relegated.
“Darren's (Moore) got to be shrewd in getting those players out, getting money in and bringing the right type of player into the football club to get promotion. Out of that current squad, I mean there’s a few that I would keep out the team that played on the final weekend.
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Reports from Italy claim Watford have stepped up their efforts to land Ashley Young from Inter, and have offered the player a deal. The veteran wing-back has just helped the Italian giants win their first Serie A title in over a decade. (Sport Witness)
“I’d keep Barry Bannan. I think he’s given his all for the club, I think he’s a very good player, who is certainly better than League One.
“I have to question a lot of the other players and I have to question a lot of the salaries that they’re earning and I think they have to consider whether it would be a good thing to use this opportunity to clear the decks of players who are earning big salaries who haven’t delivered.“Simple as that, they just haven’t delivered for the club.”Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Sheffield Wednesday and the rest of the Championship, as the reaction to last season and the build-up to summer transfer window continues:
Bournemouth boss Jonathan Woodgate has billed his side as the underdogs ahead of their Championship semi-final first-leg against Brentford. He's branded an "outstanding team", and insisted "they'll be favourites" to win . (BBC Sport)
Coventry City are believed to be lining up a move for in-demand Brighton goalkeeper Christian Walton. He's been on six loan spells graduating from the Seagulls' youth academy, and could leave permanently this summer. (Football League World)
Huddersfield Town have been tipped to make a move for Sheffield Wednesday defender Tom Lees, once his contract with the Owls expires later this month. He's been with Wednesday since joining from Leeds United back in 2014. (The Sun)
Preston North End have been linked with a summer swoop for Leicester goalkeeper Daniel Iversen. The player has previously been coy when questioned on his future, but hasn't played a single game for the Foxes since signing his first professional contract in 2018. (The Sun)
Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael has claimed his side will need to rely on their on their "intensity and desire" in the play-offs, citing the "bigger budgets" boasted by the other three teams as giving them a distinct advantage over his team. (BBC Sport)
Swansea City have been credited with an interest in OH Leuven striker Thomas Henry. The 26-year-old has netted 21 goals in the Belgian top tier so far this season. Teams from Germany and Turkey have also been linked with the player. (Daily Mail)
Middlesbrough, Bristol City and Cardiff have all been linked with Luton Town star James Collins. The Republic of Ireland international has scored 24 Championship goals over the past two seasons, and looks to be in high demand. (Daily Mail)
Sheffield Wednesday are believed to have sent scouts to see Cheltenham Town's £200k-rated defender Will Boyle in action on numerous occasions this season. He's also been linked with Rotherham United and Charlton Athletic. (The 72)
Derby County have been tipped to launch a move for Crystal Palace's veteran defender Gary Cahill, whose contract is nearing its expiry. He was a Champions League winner with Chelsea back in 2012. (The Athletic)