Sheffield Wednesday, Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest are all keen on signing the Cameroonian midfielder Wato Kuate, according to Teamtalk.

Kuate is a free agent after leaving the Finnish side RoPS and can therefore be signed outside of the international transfer window.

But it’s suggested that despite the interest from Wednesday, Birmingham and Forest, it is in fact Queens Park Rangers who are the favourites to sign him, with Teamtalk adding that the R’s are already ‘in talks’ and ‘ready to bring him on trial’ – perhaps as soon as this week.

Massimo Luongo has begun the season as Wednesday’s first-choice screen in front of the back three, but with question marks over both the Australian’s fitness record and Joey Pelupessy’s suitability as his replacement, another option would not go amiss at Hillsborough.

But it remains to be seen whether or not Kuate, who spent two years on Manchester City’s books, would be up to the task.

That the 25-year-old last played a league game of football in July of 2018 – during which time he was signed by two different clubs – should certainly set alarm bells ringing.

Announcing his departure earlier this year, RoPS said: “We had high expectations for Wato, but unfortunately as the season approached, he showed that he was not able to commit to our joint activities.”

Kuate is the latest player to be linked with both Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers, after the Cardiff City defender Aden Flint.

Wednesday travel to Birmingham this weekend, hoping to close the gap on Wycombe Wanderers and Nottingham Forest above them in the Championship standings.

 

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