sheffield wednesday, Free agent eyed by West Brom, Luton Town enters Sheffield Wednesday transfer talks

Free agent eyed by West Brom, Luton Town enters Sheffield Wednesday transfer talks

Sheffield Wednesday have begun formal talks to sign West Brom and Luton Town target Ian Poveda as he prepares to leave Leeds United, The Star has said.

Sheffield Wednesday recruited Poveda on loan from Championship rivals Leeds United in January and the former Manchester City prospect found great success at Hillsborough.

While his 10 outings for the Owls only yielded one assist, the Colombian international was a lively threat both out wide and in attacking midfield. Poveda quickly became an influential figure for Danny Rohl as they staved off relegation to League One.

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As such, there has been wide interest in the 24-year-old as he prepares to leave Leeds United. West Brom, Luton Town and Cardiff City were linked earlier this month while Wednesday have been keen on a reunion.

Now, The Star reports that their interest has been formalised.

Sheffield Wednesday are said to be in ‘formal discussions’ over a deal to bring Poveda back permanently.

An unnamed Ligue 1 side is also keen on signing the Colombia international, but ‘outline contract talks’ have taken place between the player and his former loan club.

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A fresh start awaits

Poveda was long viewed as an exciting prospect at Leeds United having arrived from Manchester City.

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His talent has been clear for some time but owing to injury issues and some struggles for form, it just hasn’t come together for him at Elland Road. There were bright moments in loans with Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers, and his Sheffield Wednesday spell has been a reminder of just what he offers.

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It will be hoped that Poveda can really kick on at his next club, wherever that may be.

Keeping him fit will be key but if he can do just that, many will back him to find a new level and hit some consistent form. Hillsborough could be a great place for him to do that, but amid interest from West Brom, Luton Town and an unnamed French side, Poveda has plenty of options to pick from.

Business at Hillsborough

Sheffield Wednesday have wasted little time in getting their summer recruitment drive underway.

Free transfer moves for goalkeeper Ben Hamer and departing Sheffield United defender Max Lowe have been made. Yan Valery could be the next in as the Owls look to get that deal wrapped up and now, Poveda talks have been formalised.

There’s excitement over just what the future could hold with a top young coach in Rohl at the helm.

If he can be backed with some eye-catching recruits this summer, we could see Wednesday take further strides forward having successfully staved off relegation last season.

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