Sheffield Wednesday will not be signing Gary Cahill, with Jos Luhukay moving to quash transfer speculation linking the centre-back with a move to Hillsborough.
Cahill has cast doubt over his long-term future at Chelsea in recent weeks, with the Sun reporting earlier in the week that Sheffield Wednesday, along with Aston Villa, had an interest in the 32-year-old.
However, Luhukay has brushed off those reports linking the Owls with the powerful defender, telling Andy Giddings from BBC Sheffield that there is no truth in the national reports.
#swfc boss JL says there is no truth to newspaper reports linking Gary Cahill with a move to the club. Adding that under him The Owls will prioritise signing players who are 19-23 years old.
— Andy Giddings (@Gids1980) September 27, 2018
Luhukay also added that Sheffield Wednesday’s transfer focus wouldn’t be on players over the age of 30, with the Owls keen to bring players on board who are aged between 19 and 23.
Wednesday have an exciting batch of young players coming through their academy, with the likes of Matt Penney and Cameron Dawson mixing with Tom Lees and Barry Bannan, who are now the more experienced players at Hillsborough.
That mix of youth and experience is paying off, with Wednesday sitting 10th in the Championship table and looking to break into the top-six this weekend.
Luhukay’s side entertain Leeds United at Hillsborough on Friday night, knowing that three points will move them into the play-offs at least until Saturday afternoon.
Cahill has had a glittering career, but there’s no doubt he isn’t what Wednesday need.
It’d be an expensive deal for the Owls to do, with Cahill sure to be demanding a big wage.
Luhukay is right to focus on younger players, who could give the Owls a bright future.
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