Sheffield Wednesday rumours: Owls transfer target lands deal elsewhere, Bournemouth eye in-demand defender

Sheffield Wednesday are gearing up for a frantic few weeks, as they look to bolster their depleted squad with a flurry of new signings ahead of the upcoming season.

Thursday, 1st July 2021, 9:19 am
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The Owls are back in training ahead of the 2021/22 campaign kicking off next month, and key defender Dominic Iorfa has revealed his delight at returning to action following an length injury layoff.

He said: “It feels good for me personally after being out for so long… I’m just happy to be back with the boys, back on the grass, and finally putting some work in.

“I was in basically over the whole summer… I had a couple of weeks off, but I didn’t really go anywhere - just to see family and things like that. My main focus was my recovery, so for that reason I was pretty much in over the whole summer.

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The agent of West Brom star Matheus Pereira has conceded that his client could leave to continue playing at a "high level". He's been heavily linked with the likes of Leeds United, West Ham and Leicester City since the Baggies were relegated last season. (Birmingham Mail)

“The season finished when I’d just started running, so I had a real goal over the off-season that I wanted to come back for preseason and on the first day be back on the grass with the boys. Thankfully here I am.”

Wednesday are currently undergoing a gruelling training camp in Newport, and Iorfa will be keen to return to action next week when the Owls take on Celtic in a friendly on July 7th.

Here are today's biggest transfer stories and the latest team news involving Wednesday and the rest of the EFL, as the reaction to the summer transfer window activity and build-up to the eagerly-anticipated new season continues:

Despite being the strong favourite for the Fulham job since Scott Parker's exit, ex-Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder now looks set to miss out on the Cottagers role, with ex-Everton boss Marco Silva now set to take the helm. (Sky Sports)
Peterborough United and Barnsley have both been credited with an interest in Ipswich Town midfielder Flynn Downes. The 22-year-old's contract expires next summer, and his club may be forced to sell in this transfer window to avoid losing him for nothing in the future. (East Anglian Times)
Ex-footballer Darren Campbell has urged West Brom to move for Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff, following rumours linking the player with a move to the Hawthorns. He described the player as a "talented" young player and lauded his "Premier League" quality. (Football Insider)
Oxford United have snapped up striker Billy Bodin, following his release from Preston North End. He spent four seasons on the books at Deepdale, but missed the whole of the 2018/19 campaign with an ACL injury. (Club website)
Millwall are rumoured to be closing in on a loan move for Stoke City striker Benik Afobe. The £12m man spent last season in Turkey on loan with Trabzonspor, and could be set for another temporary spell elsewhere in the 2021/22 campaign. (South London Press)
Blackpool-linked winger Liam Miller could be set to move elsewhere, with Swiss giants Basel believed to have submitted their second bid for the player. He spent the second half of last season on loan with Charlton, where he scored twice in 27 appearances. (The 72)
Barnsley could be set to miss out on free agent Emiliano Marcondes, with reports suggesting West Brom could swoop in for the Danish ace. He played a key role in the 26-year-old played a key role in the Brentford's promotion-winning campaign last season. (Express)
Preston North End had landed ex-Rotherham defender Matthew Olosunde, after he rejected a contract extension to stay with the Millers and agreed a deal with the Lilywhites. Sheffield Wednesday were also keen, but missed out. (Club website)
Bournemouth could be set to blow League One sides Wigan Athletic and Oxford United out the water to land St Johnstone captain Jason Kerr. The Cherries have just been taken over by Scott Parker, who will be looking to bring in some fresh signings this summer. (The Sun)