According to Yorkshire Live, Sheffield Wednesday are now eyeing up a summer move for Rotherham United defender Michael Ihiekwe.
The Lowdown: Ihiekwe available for transfer
The 29-year-old first joined the Millers from Tranmere Rovers ahead of the start of the 2017/18 campaign, but his contract at the club is set to expire at the end of the month and he is yet to agree a new deal, making him a free agent from the start of July if nothing is concluded between now and then.
League One outfit Derby County are thought to have been previously interested in the colossus, but with the ongoing takeover crisis, transfers and new signings have been put on hold, removing them from the picture.
The Latest: Wednesday interested in Ihiekwe
In a new article published by Yorkshire Live, it’s claimed that Wednesday are ‘interested in signing’ Ihiekwe, who is on Darren Moore’s ‘shortlist’ of centre-back options.
The report states that the boss is keen to bring in ‘two more’ central defenders before the start of the new season, and it looks as though the Rotherham man is someone who he has identified as a top target.
The Verdict: A defensive rock
Having recently completed the signing of Will Vaulks, Moore will now be keen to bolster his ranks even further as Wednesday look to bounce straight back and secure a place in the playoffs again next year, and the addition of Ihiekwe could be exactly what they need to do just that.
The Liverpool-born gem, who was once dubbed an “ambitious” player by his former Tranmere manager Rob Edwards, was an absolute rock at the heart of the Millers’ backline last term, averaging 3.8 clearances and 4.8 aerial wins per game, via WhoScored, displaying his strong physical presence, both on the ground and in the air.
With Rotherham having gained promotion back to the second tier at the first time of asking, Ihiekwe will know exactly what is required to make the jump up, and he could bring that knowledge and experience to Hillsborough to recreate the same success with the Owls in the near future.
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