Huddersfield Town are interested in signing Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, according to reports from The Sun on Sunday (14/04, page 61).
The 34-year old is highly regarded at Hillsborough, having made over 160 appearances for the Owls since arriving on a free transfer from Sunderland in 2014.
The Republic of Ireland international has endured a turbulent season thus far – he failed to make a first-team appearance for Wednesday for the best part of a year under former boss Jos Luhukay, falling behind Joe Wildsmith and Cameron Dawson in the pecking order.
But the experienced shot-stopper has forced his way back into Steve Bruce’s plans, but has featured in every game since the former Aston Villa boss arrived at Hillsborough.
But reports have now emerged that the Owls’ Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town, who were the first team to book their place in the Championship next season after relegation from the Premier League, are interested in securing Westwood’s services on a free transfer.
With his current deal at Hillsborough expiring at the end of the season, Bruce is reportedly keen to keep hold of the veteran and tie him down to a new deal, despite the club making cutbacks.
After a 1-0 defeat to Leeds United at the weekend, Wednesday currently sit 10th in the Sky Bet Championship table, six points off the play-off places.
Westwood is an extremely talented goalkeeper, who definitely has a lot more to prove after being frozen out in the first-half of the campaign by Luhukay.
He may be 34, but he is still a very good shot-stopper, and the experience he offers in the dressing room will surely be beneficial too.
It would be daft to let him leave on a free transfer, especially to one of their Yorkshire rivals who are likely to be challenging Wednesday for promotion next term.