Sheffield Wednesday are ‘locked in talks’ to sign the Cardiff City utility man Callum Paterson, according to Yorkshire Live.
It is claimed that Paterson would become a permanent Wednesday player if an agreement is reached between the two clubs.
The 25-year-old began his career as an attacking right-back, but has spent much of his three years at Cardiff in offensive midfield or target man roles.
And it was a man well known to those of a Sheffield Wednesday persuasion who initiated Paterson’s move upfield.
Paterson soon became an integral part of the Neil Warnock-led Cardiff side promoted to the Premier League in his debut season at the club, scoring or assisting 15 goals in 32 Championship outings.
And, discussing his decision to move the Scotland international out of defence, Warnock told Goals on Sunday: “I already knew, I spoke to him when I first signed him. I knew that he was a right wing-back type of player. Mick Jones went to watch someone else for me, and he said, ‘I’ve got a guy for you, Neil. This Paterson, you’ll love him, he’s got energy.’ So we signed him and he wasn’t fit for five months, because he was injured. I said to Vincent [Tan, the Cardiff chairman], ‘can I sign somebody for three-hundred-and-fifty grand? He’s not going to be fit until November!’ I think he thought I was in cuckoo land. But, in fairness, he’s done well. He can’t defend, as such, in a back four, at this level – for me.
“We put him in midfield last year and he scored goals. He’s got an eye for goals, wherever he is. And that midfield role was great. He’s always around, looking [for] goals. He scored a good one at Liverpool – a poacher’s goal. And he’s just a genuine kid. He’s as good as anybody in the air that I’ve had. He’s improving all the time. He answers the question. He doesn’t give up here [the goal he scored against Southampton] – a lot of people would have stood still there, but he doesn’t give it up.
“We try and get people supporting him as much as we can. But he’s got so much energy that he can do that job – and it is a hard job, isn’t it? I said to him about [Aleksandar] Mitrovic at Fulham. He’s the best at that, really. ‘Be nasty, be a bit like him, Pat, have a look at his videos and see what he does because you’re up against these big lads every week.’ And he’s learned on that. He’s a bit cuter, isn’t he? A little bit cuter. And that’s what you’ve got to be.”
Earlier that season, the former Sheffield United manager and lifelong Blades fan told BBC Sport: “I don’t honestly know what I’d do without him [Paterson].
“Gary [Madine] was on the bench today but he’s only done a couple of days’ training, Ken Zohore’s started training, so I’m really glad we have no midweek games this time.
“You only have to look at the stats, the amount of ground he [Paterson] covers.
“He’s just a tremendous lad. He’ll play anywhere for me, do anything.
“In the old fashioned days, we used to talk about players running through brick walls, but if I asked him to do that he probably would!”
Paterson’s versatility makes him an attractive an option for Wednesday, who are thought to want to strengthen their options on the right-hand side as well as in attack.
The Owls were left depleted in both positions after the departures of Jacob Murphy and Steven Fletcher, in particular, at the end of last season and can effectively kill two birds with one stone by signing a player with Paterson’s energy and physical presence.
The former Hearts player has two years left on his Cardiff contract, but has yet to appear for the Bluebirds in any competition this campaign.