According to a recent report from The Daily Mirror’s Live Blog (30 August, 03:57), Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United are interested in a move for defender Danny Batth. The 27-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League side Wolves having come up through the ranks at the West Midlands side, for whom he has since appeared on 212 occasions.
Yet reports suggest that Jos Luhukay’s Wednesday and Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds are keen on the £900,000-rated enforcer (as per Transfermarkt), but such are the Owls’ concerns in the defensive department, they simply have to beat their Yorkshire rivals to the centre back’s signature.
Ultimately, while shipping eight goals from their opening five Championship matches is hardly a defensive crisis, Luhukay’s men have yet to keep a clean sheet in the second tier so far this term, something which certainly needs to change if they are to climb the division and improve upon their 15th place effort last time round.
And having been placed under a transfer embargo for the majority of the summer window, manager Luhukay has been unable to bolster his squad until only recently, but the release of centre back Glenn Loovens has left the Owls slightly short in that department.
And that is why they absolutely must fend off Bielsa’s Leeds to win the race for Wolves defender Batth.
The 27-year-old is a vastly experienced Championship performer having appeared 150 times in the second tier during his career, including 16 times last term to help Nuno Espirito Santo’s side win the title at a canter to thus return to the Premier League.
But in failing to appear for the West Midlands club so far in the top-flight, it’s clear that the Englishman is some way down the pecking order at Molineux and as such could be on the lookout for a new club, and a return to Wednesday may well be of interest to the centre back.
The 27-year-old spent two separate loan spells at Hillsborough earlier in his career while the Owls were in League One, playing a vital part in their promotion-winning season of 2011/12 to help Dave Jones’ men return to the Championship, where they have been playing their football ever since.
Leeds themselves may also be in the market for a centre back in the last knockings of the window in a bid to enhance their promotion hopes, but one could argue that there is a greater likelihood for Batth to command regular football at Wednesday than at Elland Road, such has been the start made by Bielsa’s side.
Nonetheless, it’s clear that the Owls are in need of greater strength in the centre back department, which is why they absolutely have to beat their Yorkshire rivals to the 27-year-old’s signature.
Wednesday and Leeds fans… what do you think? Let us know!