Many Sheffield Wednesday fans face a nervous January transfer window with news emerging that one of their star players is wanted by Dean Smith’s Aston Villa.
Barry Bannan has played an influential role in the Owls side in recent years, but the midfielder has been linked with a move to Aston Villa, who are willing to pay a hefty fee for the Scotsman.
The 28-year-old has started in all 14 league games for Sheffield Wednesday this season and many Owls fans will be left disappointed if Bannan decided to move to Villa Park.
The creativity he offers to Sheffield Wednesday is of the league’s best and he would be a huge loss to Jos Luhukay if the club decided to cash in on the midfielder.
The Owls could reinvest their money elsewhere, but it is unlikely that they will find an adequate replacement for Bannan in the January transfer window.
But should we be surprised if Sheffield Wednesday decide to sell Bannan?
The FLW writers discuss…
I would be very, very shocked.
The Scotsman is such an important player for Wednesday and I don’t think he’s easily replaceable.
£8million is a lot, but I think I’d rather keep Bannan, rather than sell him to a promotion rival.
Not particularly, we all know about the financial troubles facing Sheffield Wednesday.
I think the Owls will be forced into a high-profile sale in the New Year and Bannan could be one of those to go.
If the right money is there from Aston Villa, I can see him pulling on the claret and blue shirt again before the end of the season.
It would be an awful decision!
Bannan is so influential at Sheffield Wednesday and is easily their standout midfielder.
If they have serious ambitions of reaching the top six then they need to be building a side around the Scotland international, not cashing in, even for a good offer!
I would be shocked if they were actively looking to sell him.
I would not be too surprised if Villa or another club came in with an offer Wednesday simply could not refuse, however.