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Sheffield Wednesday: Owls keen on Doncaster’s Reece James

Sheffield Wednesday: Owls keen on Doncaster’s Reece James - Sheffield Wednesday News

Yorkshire Live journalist Dom Howson has reported that Sheffield Wednesday possess a ‘genuine interest’ in Doncaster Rovers defender Reece James.

The lowdown

The 27-year-old is predominantly a left-back but can also play in central midfield and in a more advanced position on the flank. Indeed, he played 11 matches as a number six and a further 10 as a left attacking midfielder in the 2020/21 season (via WhoScored).

Across 43 appearances, James scored seven goals and provided a further two assists for Doncaster. He averaged 1.7 tackles and 1.6 clearances per 90 and also chipped in with 0.9 key passes.

James is valued at a mere £540,000 by Transfermarkt but, crucially, his contract expires in June.

The latest

Sheffield Wednesday like the 27-year-old but Howson admits that the move appears to be a ‘long shot’, as the player’s ‘preference’ would be to move to a club in the Championship.

The journalist added that Cheltenham Town’s Will Boyle ‘was on their radar’ but confirmed that they have ‘moved on’ from the 25-year-old.

More generally, Wednesday are shopping in the free transfer and loan market, and they may be forced into a ‘waiting game’.

The verdict

James looks to be an excellent asset but, as Howson noted, he may be out of Wednesday’s reach following their relegation to League One.

The Owls’ pulling power has inevitably taken a significant hit, but this does underline that there are some very good options available on free transfers and that, even with limited spending power, Wednesday may be able to make some shrewd additions.

In other news, Carlton Palmer says this man must start for the Owls

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