According to the Daily Mail, Cardiff City have failed to persuade Wolverhampton Wanderers to loan them reported Sheffield Wednesday target Dion Sanderson.
The versatile defender is currently on loan at Sunderland.
The Black Cats won the race for his signature last summer, with Sheffield Wednesday among the clubs keen to sign him on a season-long loan deal at the time.
Yorkshire Live reported the Owls’ interest in Sanderson, claiming then manager Garry Monk also had one eye on a future permanent deal with the defender’s contract at Wolves expiring.
Sanderson ultimately ended up at Sunderland where he has since struggled for regular game-time this season, making just four League One starts for the Wearside club.
The Daily Mail claim Cardiff, who had the player on loan last season, subsequently tried to convince Wolves to cut his spell at Sunderland short and send him to the Welsh club instead.
But the Premier League club have rejected the Bluebirds’ advances.
Neil Harris’s side have struggled this season after reaching the Championship playoffs last term. A run of four straight league defeats sees them 11 points short of the top six.
It seems a new defender is Cardiff’s top priority, with Crewe’s Perry Ng also a target.
Wednesday, meanwhile, may have reasons to regret missing out on Sanderson the first time around as injuries to key players have left them short of options at the back.
Aden Flint, ironically on loan from Cardiff, has returned to the Welsh club after a lengthy injury while Dominic Iorfa is out for the rest of the season with a ligament injury.
Sanderson could have been good cover with Liam Palmer also having fitness issues, while Julian Borner is the latest to struggle having not featured since early December.