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Report: Owls turn to Tom Pearce with no.1 target Harry Pickering set to join Blackburn Rovers

According to The Sun (31/01, pg57), Sheffield Wednesday are eyeing a deal for Wigan Athletic’s Tom Pearce after missing out on Harry Pickering to Blackburn Rovers.

The Owls are looking to bring in a left-back before the transfer deadline.

Wednesday entered the season without a regular left-back as former manager Garry Monk opted for a back three system with Adam Reach often filling the left wingback role.

Subsequent manager Tony Pulis moved to a back four and opted for Joost van Aken or Julian Borner, while current interim boss Neil Thompson has played right-back Liam Palmer out there.

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A natural left-back seemingly tops the Owls’ list of priorities. However, number one target Harry Pickering looks set to join Blackburn after impressing at Crewe Alexandra.

The Sun on Sunday claim the Owls have now turned to Tom Pearce, with the former Leeds United man a standout for Wigan with the Latics struggling near the bottom of League One.

The 22-year-old joined Wigan from Leeds in 2019 and was signed by Paul Cook.

Cook, ironically, was a contender for the vacant Wednesday job but reportedly turned down the opportunity to take charge of Hillsborough on a short-term basis as he seeks a long-term role.

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Chansiri, however, has since refuted those claims and called the 53-year-old unprofessional.

Pearce, meanwhile, could be set for a move back to the Championship. He is better than Wigan’s current League One standing, while at 22 boasts plenty of potential to improve.

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