According to The Star, Sheffield Wednesday are in danger of losing top prospect Liam Shaw after Celtic start talks over a pre-contract agreement for the talented midfielder.
The 19-year-old has broken through to the Wednesday first-team this season.
In what has been a disappointing campaign thus far, Shaw has stood out as a shining light at Hillsborough with seven Championship starts under his belt.
Shaw, however, is out of contract with Wednesday at the end of the current season.
While fellow English clubs aren’t able to open talks with him over a pre-contract move until the final game of the campaign, the same rules don’t apply for foreign clubs.
The Star claim Celtic have expressed an interest and talks over a move north of the border have begun, while Wednesday are also in discussions about retaining him.
Shaw has really come on of late. He scored in the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough, while later putting in a superb defensive performance in the 1-0 win over Derby County.
Predominantly a holding midfielder, the youngster helps break up play and drive the Owls forward.
A shoulder injury, however, has left him side-lined for the past two matches in all competitions while his contract situation has left supporters fearing the worst over his future.
Both Celtic and Rangers have taken advantage of cross-border transfers in recent years.
Charlton Athletic were hopeful of netting a decent compensation figure for Joe Aribo before he opted to join Rangers, while Moussa Dembele was a huge success at Celtic before.
Wednesday will still be open to receiving a compensation figure should Shaw join the Hoops. However, it could turn out to be a fraction of the cost compared to an English club coming in.
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