Sheffield Wednesday transfer news: Ipswich Town and Charlton Athletic have their eyes on young midfielder

Sheffield Wednesday’s Alex Hunt didn’t quite get the game time he was after in 2020/21, but relegation to League One could open up a fresh opportunity for the boyhood Owl.

By Joe Crann
Tuesday, 18th May 2021, 7:23 am

Hunt, who will turn 21 later this month, is reaching a pivotal part of his career having broken through into the first team ranks at Hillsborough, and will be itching to play more football next season as he seeks to keep up his development.

It has already been reported that Wednesday do have a one-year option on the young midfield man, but at this point in time there has been no confirmation of whether they’ve opted to exercise that yet.

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The Star understands that there a clubs in both the Championship and League One who are keeping a close eye on the 20-year-old’s situation as they wait to find out if he could be available come July 1st, however Wednesday’s option does mean that the ball remains firmly in their court for now – and it’s understood that remaining with the Owls would be the player’s first choice.

It’s thought that Charlton Athletic and Ipswich Town – amongst others – have got Hunt on their radar as things stand, while on the international stage he’s also made it onto the periphery of the Republic of Ireland youth setup.

As per EFL regulations, Wednesday technically had to inform Hunt – and others – by the third Saturday in May (15th) whether they would be exercising their one-year options, but at this stage there has been no indication of whether they’ve done so or not.

Sheffield Wednesday's Alex Hunt is hoping for more first team football next season. (Pic Steve Ellis)

Darren Moore doesn’t know yet exactly what his Owls squad will look like next season, but relegation and the expiration of a number of senior contracts could give a big chance to Hunt and his fellow Owls youngsters as they hope to kick on and make a name for themselves at Hillsborough.

Moore is currently in the process of speaking to his players – those in contract next season and those who have deals expiring – with the club set to release their complete retained list once those talks have all been finalised.

Expectations are for that retained list to be released in the next week or so.

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