The Cardiff City manager Neil Harris has admitted that Aden Flint is frustrated in Wales.
Flint has been strongly linked with a move to Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers ahead of Friday’s deadline for domestic transfers.
The 31-year-old last appeared for Cardiff on New Year’s Day, despite having cost the Owls’ Championship rivals around £6 million the previous summer.
Harris, though, has claimed that Flint’s future lies with the Bluebirds, unless a replacement can be found.
“I’m always conscious of players that haven’t appeared as much,” the 43-year-old told Wales Online. “Players want to play and Aden falls into that category.
“I like Aden Flint. First and foremost, he’s a great guy. He’s a huge professional and he’s a top Championship player.
“He’s extremely patient, waiting behind (Sean) Morrison and (Curtis) Nelson, who’ve been one of the best pairings in the division over the last nine months.
“Of course he gets frustrated because he wants to play. His future’s with us, but he gets frustrated at not playing. I understand that, but if Aden or any player was to leave, we’d have to replace them.”
One potential replacement is the versatile Wolverhampton Wanderers youngster Dion Sanderson, in whom Wednesday have also been credited with an interest.
Sanderson spent the second half of last season on loan to Cardiff, but has friends such as Dominic Iorfa and Chey Dunkley at Hillsborough.
“Dion’s been talked about before,” added Harris. “He’s got himself into a position at Wolves where he’s really well thought of. He did well for us last year.
“If a deal was to happen to us or anyone else, it will probably be a last-minute call from Wolves.”
Asked about Flint and other possible additions on Thursday, the Wednesday manager Garry Monk told Yorkshire Live: “There are a number of names that you will always be linked with in the transfer market. I think we’ve been linked to about 200 to 300 names!
“We are working to find solutions and try and strengthen the squad.
“There’s nothing as of yet. If we can do something, then great. That’s the ideal situation but that’s in the hands of the guys at the club now.
“We have got a couple of days left. I am hopeful that we can do something but we will have to wait and see.”
Wednesday are said to want to recruit at centre-forward, wing-back and centre-half – the latter amid sudden injuries to Iorfa, Tom Lees, Liam Shaw and Liam Palmer.