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SWN View: Owls losing Osaze Urhoghide to Leeds could cost them millions down the line

Sheffield Wednesday defender Osaze Urhoghide has yet to put pen-to-paper on a new contract and his situation has started to attract interest from the Premier League.

According to a recent report by Football League World, Leeds United and Crystal Palace are keen on him while Club Brugges in Belgium are also monitoring his progress.

Urhoghide has broken through at Wednesday and is a regular under Darren Moore.

The 20-year-old has made ten Championship starts this season, with his recent performance in the 2-1 win at Barnsley dubbed phenomenal by some Owls supporters.

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Urhoghide undoubtedly has a big future ahead of him, but Wednesday are in danger of losing him for a nominal fee as his contract at Hillsborough expires this summer.

Wednesday are already set to lose Liam Shaw with the midfielder out of contract this summer while signing a pre-contract agreement to join Scottish Premiership side Celtic.

That move will hurt the Owls. However, losing Urhoghide to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United will arguably hurt even more considering his potential and the current state of the squad.

Shaw leaving will cost the Owls in the long run. But in Barry Bannan, Massimo Luongo, Fikayo Dele-Bashiru and Sam Hutchinson, Wednesday have players to fill the void.

Urhoghide leaving at the end of the season would dent the Owls immediately.

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Tom Lees and Joost van Aken are both out of contract this summer. Dominic Iorfa remains side-lined with a long-term injury, while Julian Borner has been hit-and-miss in 2021.

Wednesday will need to look at the defence in the summer regardless but Urhoghie leaving would leave another space the club would have to fill right away.

With finances tight, it would be a real blow to lose another talented youngster and a move which would turn out to be expensive for the Owls both in the short-term and long-term.

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