Jackson Irvine is reportedly reluctant to sign for Sheffield Wednesday due to their current league position according to Yorkshire Live.
Irvine has recently emerged as a potential transfer target for Garry Monk’s side, as the Owls boss looks to add depth to his midfield options.
The 27-year-old is currently a free-agent after opting to not renew his contract with Hull City at the end of the 2019/20 season.
It was a frustrating season for Irvine last term as well, as Hull were relegated from the Championship after a dismal run of results since the turn of the New Year saw them drop down the second-tier standings at an alarming rate.
But it seems as though he’s patient on looking into other options for the new season, with it being claimed that he is wary of a move to Hillsborough due to the Owls’ current league position.
Sheffield Wednesday are currently sat bottom of the Championship table, after being deducted 12 points at the start of this year’s campaign due to off-the-field issues.
Garry Monk has previously revealed that the club are exploring a deal to sign Irvine, but he wouldn’t be drawn into stating where the Owls are at in terms of any negotiations over a deal.
“We take a close look at everyone. Some got further down the line than others. Jackson was one of those but there were on the radar of many. Probably every out of contract player was on a club’s radar.
“Of course he came up in conversations. At the end of the day, he’s not a Sheffield Wednesday player. We don’t need to speculate on that and I am concentrating on the group at this moment in time.”
Sheffield Wednesday are set to return to action in midweek, when they take on Rotherham United at the New York Stadium, in what is likely to be a tricky test for the Owls.
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You can understand his thinking with this reported decision.
Irvine is more than capable of playing for a team that are challenging for a top-six finish in the Championship this season, and he won’t want to have potential back-to-back relegations on his CV.
I don’t think Sheffield Wednesday will be relegated this season though, as they’ve got more quality in their squad than some of the teams around them in the relegation zone.
It’ll be interesting to see whether the Owls can convince Irvine to sign though, and he’s exactly the type of player that would fit into the Sheffield Wednesday team.