Sheffield Wednesday have joined the race for Premier League star Gary Cahill, according to The Sun.

Aston Villa have reportedly been keeping tabs on Cahill, with the defender being marked as a potential solution to the club’s defensive crisis.

However, Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay will be keen to convince the defender to join the club he supported during his youth. Despite representing Wednesday’s neighbours and fierce rivals Sheffield United, Cahill supported the Owls and cites former Hillsborough favourite Des Walker as his childhood hero.

The 32-year-old has been frozen out by Maurizio Sarri at Stamford Bridge and has expressed his desire to play regular football as he nears the twilight of his career:

“I’m not a guy who is willing to accept not playing. It’s all about playing. Your career’s short enough as it is. I’ve got maximum respect for everybody here at the football club, for the fans and all the players. But sometimes you have to make tough decisions to keep your career going forward.

“As it is now, I’m not really enjoying things. Having been a big part of things for seven years and played a huge part, not just a squad player, I’m definitely finding it difficult this year to deal with that situation.

“The most important thing here is the team, but I’ve got to look at my situation and my future as well. Everything gradually comes to an end or there’s a new challenge around the corner.”

The 32-year-old’s current Chelsea contract expires next summer but with Villa and Wednesday in need of defensive reinforcements, bids could be tabled for the England international in January.

Just one point separates the Cahill-chasing sides in the Championship table and they clashed last week, with the Yorkshire side emerging victorious.

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