Transfer Battle Emerges With Sheffield Wednesday Favourites

On a chaotic deadline day in South Yorkshire, Sheffield Wednesday are now believed to be interested in a deal for Leeds United’s Ian Poveda, the Sheffield Star’s Alex Miller reports.

Birmingham City are also rumoured to be looking at signing the Colombian international, on what is believed to be a permanent deal. However, in the second city, a deal is believed to be more difficult to get done, with the deadline now only a few hours away.

The 23-year-old has only played seven league games this season, playing just 40 second-tier minutes since October. Following his move to West Yorkshire in 2020, the English-born man has made as few as 30 appearances for the club in three and a half years.

Two Championship loans yielded 36 appearances between Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers, and it looks like he will continue his career at this level, regardless of whether a deal goes through.

This latest development comes after another twist in the Duncan McGuire saga. After a deal fell through with Blackburn, it looked like the Owls were in pole position to swoop and get their man. But the deal was revived this evening, and it now looks like Rovers will get their man, according to Tom Bogert.

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Far from being a panic deal, Poveda could have a great impact in the second half of the season, and might provide an impetus that can keep the Owls in the division. He would certainly feature at Hillsborough, but a chance to reunite with former manager Tony Mowbray could prove to be the difference.

On the Leeds end of this, he is well down the pecking order at Elland Road, and with his contract up in the summer, getting a fee for him is a logical step. It is fair to say his time for the Yorkshire club hasn’t been a success, but the potential for him to succeed elsewhere with regular minutes is why both clubs will be key in sealing a deal.

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