Sheffield Wednesday’s Osaze Urhoghide turns down foreign offers as UK move draws closer
The likelihood of Osaze Urhoghide staying in the United Kingdom increased over the weekend as the young Sheffield Wednesday defender turned down offers from overseas.
It has previously been reported by The Star that both Club Brugge in Belgium and Portuguese giants, Sporting Clube de Portugal, while reports from abroad also suggested that Benfica were potentially in the running as well.
But the 20-year-old, who recently rejected Wednesday’s offer of a renewal, has also not been short of interest locally, with Leeds United, Crystal Palace and Preston North End just some of the clubs that have been mentioned when it comes to possible destinations.
Now, with clubs preparing to get underway for preseason, The Star understands that Urhoghide has taken the decision that he wants to stay in the UK rather than venture abroad for his next move – although a final verdict on which club he’ll be at has not yet been made.
Wednesday will be due some compensation for the Dutch-born defender given his age and time spent in the club’s academy, however it’s likely to be substantially less than the £300,000 that they’re thought to have received as part of Liam Shaw’s move to Celtic in Scotland.
Had Urhoghide moved overseas then they’d have been looking at a set fee of just under £200,000, but if he stays within the UK then it’s likely that – unless a fee is agreed in advance – it will go to tribunal in order to decide an amount.
Urhoghide will be out of contract come July 1st.