Cardiff City and Watford are leading the chase to sign Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, Adam Reach, on a free transfer this summer, Football League World understand.
Reach is fast approaching the end of his contract at Hillsborough, with the former Middlesbrough man set to become a free agent in the summer of 2021.
A source has told Football League World that Cardiff and Watford are monitoring the situation surrounding Reach at this moment in time, with a view to pressing ahead and signing him up from 2021/22.
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Reach, 28, signed for Wednesday back in 2016, leaving Middlesbrough and embarking on a new challenge in South Yorkshire.
Inside the versatile midfielder’s first season with Wednesday, they reached the play-offs under Carlos Carvalhal. However, just like they did the year previous, the Owls failed to win promotion.
Since then, Reach’s influence has grown at Wednesday. He scored four goals and registered 11 assists in 2017/18, before striking eight times the following season, which included trademark long-range goals against West Brom and Leeds United.
In total, Reach has made 219 appearances for Wednesday across his time at Hillsborough, returning 22 goals and showing immense versatility to play in midfield, out wide or at full-back.
This year, he’s featured under Garry Monk, Tony Pulis, Neil Thompson and Darren Moore, making 37 appearances and scoring four goals for the Owls.
They are struggling in the Championship’s bottom-three still and facing relegation.
That’s a polar opposite to Reach’s potential suitors, with Watford tussling with Brentford and Swansea City for second place in the Championship and Cardiff on an 11-game unbeaten run that’s thrust them into play-off contention.