Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly set to sign player who was watched by Arsenal, Everton and several other Premier League clubs last season.
The Star claims the Hamburg centre-back, David Bates, has undergone a medical at Wednesday ahead of a potential season-long loan deal.
Bates only moved to Hamburg a year ago after rejecting a new contract at Rangers, and his early displays in Germany’s second-tier soon earned him a call-up to Scotland’s senior national team.
But the Tartan Army were not the only ones to take note of the 22-year-old, who had scouts from Arsenal, Everton, Leicester City, Southampton and Watford come to check on him as Hamburg soared towards an instant Bundesliga return, according to the Sunday Mirror.
Christian Titz’s side went on to suffer a dramatic collapse, however, allowing promotion to slip from their grasp.
And Bates has now been deemed surplus to requirements, according to the Scottish Sun – who claimed that Wigan were in ‘pole position’ for his signature before Sheffield Wednesday entered the running.
Wednesday had been trying to bring back Michael Hector on a permanent deal from Chelsea, but that deal now appears to be in doubt.
And if Bates can recapture some of the form that is said to have had Arsenal and Everton (and the rest of them) lurking, then that may not matter too much in the grand scheme of things.