The former Rotherham United midfielder, Will Vaulks, was a ‘genuinely explored target’ for Sheffield Wednesday, according to Alan Biggs.
Vaulks joined Cardiff City in a deal said to be worth a potential £3.5 million fee earlier in the transfer window.
And although Wednesday’s interest was reported at the time – notably by the BBC Radio Sheffield sports editor, Andy Giddings – Biggs has delved a little further in his latest column for The Star and Telegraph (July 4, page 78).
The respected local journalist claims ‘soundings were made’ by Sheffield Wednesday in relation to Vaulks.
But, he adds, while those failed to lead to a bid from the Owls, their manager, Steve Bruce, ‘would clearly have recommended making one given encouragement’.
And Biggs suspects the Vaulks interest, as well as the recent links to David Turnbull – the Motherwell midfielder with a similar price tag – could be a sign that Wednesday have engineered fresh ‘wiggle room’ ahead of the lifting of their soft transfer embargo imposed by the English Football League.
Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield at the start of the week, however, Bruce suggested that the Owls’ remaining targets are likely to comprise free agents and loan players.