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Report: Standard seek £2m fee for Owls and Derby target Aleksandar Boljevic

According to DH, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County are keen on Standard Liege attacker Aleksandar Boljevic and were under the impression he was available for free.

The Montenegro international has fallen out of favour with the Belgian club.

Boljevic has made just six league appearances this season after joining Standard in 2019, and the latest reports from Belgium say he is available for transfer.

Photo by Philippe Crochet / Photonews via Getty Images claimed this past week how Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County are keen on him, while the 25-year-old will be eligible to move despite new Work Permit rules.

But the latest from DH says Wednesday and Derby were under the impression he was available on a free. This reportedly isn’t the case, with Standard seeking a £2 million fee.

Boljevic has featured for Montenegro 21 times, including eight appearances in 2020. He played the full 90 minutes during his nation’s 5-1 home defeat to England in 2019.

Derby are struggling for goals in the Championship. The Rams are the lowest scorers in the league, and their lack of goals currently sees them occupy a position in the bottom three.

There has been improvement, however, under interim manager Wayne Rooney. They should be fine with a couple of attacking additions during the January transfer window.

Wednesday, meanwhile, climbed out of the relegation zone thanks to their 1-0 win over Derby at Hillsborough on New Year’s Day – their second successive win.

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But the Owls still evidently lack quality in the final third. A new striker and wide player should top their wish-list this month, while the search for a new manager goes on.

At £2 million, Boljevic represents a gamble for someone who has never played in England. Both the Owls and Derby may feel there is better value for money closer to home.

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