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Latest Sheffield Wednesday transfer stance emerges on Championship player

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League One side Sheffield Wednesday remain keen on bringing Hull City forward Mallik Wilks to Hillsborough despite failing to strike an agreement for his services, according to Yorkshire Live journalist Dom Howson.

The 23-year-old had a 12-month extension option triggered in his contract in May, keeping him at the MKM Stadium for the 2022/23 campaign despite rarely featuring under Shota Arveladze.

He is surplus to requirements in East Yorkshire though with the Tigers looking to offload him in the coming months for a transfer fee, with the Owls one side interested in luring him away from his current side.

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They weren’t alone in their quest though with Birmingham City also believed to be keeping an eye on this situation, though it remains to be seen whether the departure of Lee Bowyer and arrival of successor John Eustace has changed their stance on the Hull man.

As per Hull Live, Wilks is now set to stay at the MKM Stadium and fight for his place in the second-tier side’s first team after the Tigers and Wednesday failed to come to an agreement for the 23-year-old.

But a summer switch to Hillsborough shouldn’t be ruled out just yet, with Darren Moore’s side yet to give up on the prospect of striking a deal for his services. Both Wilks and Wednesday remain open to a move.

The Verdict:

If they can get a deal over the line within their budget, they should be looking to seal an agreement because he was crucial to Hull’s promotion from the third tier during the 2020/21 campaign.

He may not have endured the most fruitful time in the second tier last season – but he has shown he can perform at Wednesday’s level before and could be a valuable contributor in the final third.

Even if he isn’t able to score 20 league goals next season, the Owls can still rely on the likes of Lee Gregory and Michael Smith to get in and amongst the goals so this would be a low-risk signing if they were to bring him in.

Not only should they look to buy him for a low fee but they also need to try and make sure they can secure him on a reasonably low wage, something that will help them to abide by the EFL’s financial rules.

At 23, Wilks could be an excellent long-term addition and with second-tier experience already under his belt, he could be a good squad player to have in the coming years even if they win promotion next season.


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