Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk has addressed reports suggesting the club are interested in Crawley Town winger Bez Lubala.
The 21-year-old has made an impressive start to the season at the League Two side after leaving Birmingham City as a free agent, scoring eight times and providing one assist.
Those performances appear to have turned some heads as Teamtalk has reported that a number of sides, including Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic and Peterborough United are interested in signing the winger.
Should Wednesday sign Bez Lubala?
The report suggests that Wednesday are leading the chase for Lubala and that Monk is considering moving for the player in January.
The 21-year-old made his debut at Birmingham while Monk was in charge of the club.
Speaking in a press conference ahead of the Owls clash with Huddersfield Town, the 40-year-old coach addressed the rumours.
Monk told Wednesday’s official Facebook page: “Look, I know Bez very well.
“It’s the season of agents putting their players out there and trying to force them to get… the circus, I call it.
“I haven’t spoken to the club about any specific players. I’ve only had general talks about what we might be looking for in terms of positions or whatever, but in terms of details, no, nothing at the moment.”
Lubala signed a two-year deal with Crawley when he arrived at the club in the summer, meaning he still has 18 months remaining on that contract.
The 21-year-old developed through the Blues academy system but made just five senior appearances for the club.
He could not agree a contract extension at St Andrew’s and left the Championship club when his contract expired in the summer.
It’s interesting to hear Monk address the situation directly after recent developments and it appears that the Owls boss is quashing any plans for a potential move at this point.
Lubala did make his Birmingham debut under the 40-year-old coach but he also made his decision to leave while he was in charge, which is arguably more telling.
The 21-year-old has made a fantastic start to the season at Crawley and it is understandable to see some bigger clubs interested in him.
A move to Wednesday could be an interesting one but you’d question whether Lubala would get the playtime that he wants with the likes of Kadeem Harris, Adam Reach and Jacob Murphy in the squad.