Twist in reports surrounding Sheffield Wednesday ‘target’ – available on a free

Sheffield Wednesday are ready to ‘step up’ their interest in a sought-after young defender, according to reports.

Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 4:50 pm

Swindon Town man Akin Odimayo, who was a favourite of Owls legend John Sheridan during his time managing the club, is approaching the end of his contract in Wiltshire but according to a Football League World report is of interest to both Wednesday and South Yorkshire side Doncaster Rovers.

Our sister paper Doncaster Free Press, however, has poured cold water on the Rovers link.

The Robins, relegated from League One last season, have confirmed that they have offered a contract to the 21-year-old, though a deal does not appear to be close at current.

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Swindon Town defender Akin Odimayo has been linked with a move to Sheffield Wednesday.
Swindon Town defender Akin Odimayo has been linked with a move to Sheffield Wednesday.

Odimayo, a London-born centre-half, started out at Reading and enjoyed loan spells at non-league Hungerford Town and Irish side Waterford.

After his release by the Royals at the end of the 2019/20 season, he joined Swindon on a short-term contract and made 33 appearances in all competitions.

Centre-half is certainly a position Moore will be looking to strengthen after the departure of Tom Lees. Fellow defenders Osaze Urhoghide and Julian Börner look likely to follow him out of the door in the coming weeks.

Wednesday are currently operating under the terms of a transfer embargo, though under EFL rules they are able to sign free agents and players on non-fee loan terms. It is understood they are working hard behind the scenes to set up a recruitment charge ahead of the release of 10 senior players at the end of the month.

The club are also working hard to overcome cashflow issues that have caused problems paying players in recent months.

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