Garry Monk has responded to reports Sheffield Wednesday are exploring a move for his former Birmingham City player, Bez Lubala, in January.

Teamtalk made the claim earlier this week – adding that Wednesday are leading the case for the Crawley Town winger, ahead of Middlesbrough, Wigan Atheltic and Peterborough United.

It was Monk who gave Lubala his professional debut while the pair were at Birmingham.

But it is at Crawley that the DR Congo-born talent has flourished, scoring eight goals and creating another in 19 games since he rejected Birmingham’s offer of a new contract.

Monk, though, insisted that he has yet to discuss any specific targets, despite holding talks with David Downes and the rest of the Sheffield Wednesday recruitment team.

“Look, I know Bez very well,” the 40-year-old told the Owls’ official Facebook page. “It’s the season of agents putting their players out there and trying to force them to get… the circus, I call it.

“I haven’t spoken to the club about any specific players. I’ve only had general talks about what we might be looking for in terms of positions or whatever, but in terms of details, no, nothing at the moment.”

Lubala has 18 months left on his deal at Crawley, who hold a one-year extension option and could command a substantial transfer fee.

The Crawley winger, Lubala. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

The 21-year-old only appeared four times for Birmingham at Championship level, but played and scored against Norwich in the EFL Cup this season.

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