Why Osaze Urhoghide rejected Sheffield Wednesday’s latest offer – Owls exit on the cards
Osaze Urhoghide has rejected Sheffield Wednesday’s latest contract offer, and it’s thought that – as things stand – the club won’t be returning with an improved attempt.
The versatile 20-year-old is very much in demand at present, with interest forming from the UK as well as abroad as he approaches the end of his current Owls deal.
It has previously been reported that talks were ongoing between the player and Wednesday, but amid interest from the further up the football pyramid and the ongoing uncertainty at Hillsborough, it looks as though he’s on his way out.
The Star understands that Urhoghide has not yet made a final decision on where he will be playing his football next season, but has put regular first team football and stability on the top of his wish list rather than financial gain – with several clubs at various levels banging down the door to try and get him on board.
Wednesday lost Liam Shaw to Celtic in a similar vein after he penned a precontract in Scotland, but while the Owls will pick up relatively substantial compensation for the long-serving midfielder, the same cannot be said for Urhoghide given his short amount of time at the club.
Given his age, experience and potential, The Star has been informed that – while Urhoghide is very much weighing up his options at this stage – he is far from short of options, and that Wednesday weren’t able to match the sort of total package that is potentially on the cards elsewhere.
Wednesday could still come back to Urhoghide with another offer, but that now seems unlikely after months of talks between the player, his representatives and the club resulted in the latest stalling of conversations.
Urhoghide is well thought of at Wednesday and the Owls were very keen for him to stay and continue his progression under Darren Moore, however he impressed when given the opportunity last season, and will certainly have better options than a season in League One on the table.
His current Owls deal will expire at the end of June, and he is able to sign a contract elsewhere at any point now.