League One duo Sheffield Wednesday and Portsmouth are among the clubs interested in signing Chelsea midfielder Tariq Uwakwe, a report from Football Insider has claimed.
A log-term member of Chelsea’s academy, Uwakwe has yet to make a senior appearance for the Stamford Bridge club.
Uwakwe did however, make 21 first-team appearances during a loan spell with another League One side, Accrington Stanley, last season, scoring four goals and providing five assists in that time.
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Now it seems as though Uwakwe could once again be on the move during the January transfer window.
According to this latest update, with the 22-year-old now into the final six months of his contract with Chelsea, the Blues are willing to let him leave in January, for a deal that includes a sell-on clause.
It is thought that that is something that has caught the attention of both Sheffield Wednesday – where Uwakwe had a trial last summer – and Portsmouth, with both apparently keen on a deal.
Other clubs in League One, as well as Scottish Premiership side Motherwell, are also said to be taking an interest in the midfielder.
Portsmouth and Sheffield Wednesday are currently sat eighth and ninth in the League One table respectively, level on 37 points – six adrift of the play-offs – although Pompey have a game in hand on the Owls.
This could be a decent signing for one of these sides you feel.
The fact that Uwakwe has been on the books at Chelsea for so long does seem to highlight the potential he possesses, while his performances for Accrington last showed he can more than hold his own at League One level.
As a result, Uwakwe is a player who could certainly have the ability to help push either Wednesday or Portsmouth towards promotion in the second half of this season.
With that in mind, there could be quite a battle for the midfielder’s signature over the course of the next few weeks, and it will be interesting to see just who comes out on top in that.