Dom Howson has told the Yorkshire Post how Sheffield Wednesday remain in contract talks with Osaze Urhoghide amid Leeds and Crystal Palace interest.
The talented defender has been a bright spark of late for the Owls.
Urhoghide has broken into the first team, with fellow defenders Dominic Iorfa, Joost van Aken and Julian Borner missing large chunks of the campaign with injury.
But the 20-year-old’s contract at Hillsborough expires this summer.
The Owls are already set to lose Liam Shaw who has agreed to join Celtic, and Dom Howson says the club are still in talks with Urhoghide as they try to extend his deal.
“The club are still in talks with him but Urhoghide is in no rush to make a decision on his future. Clubs in England and abroad are looking at him. His focus in the short-term is on helping the Owls stave off the threat of relegation,” Howson explained.
According to a recent report by Football League World, Leeds United and Crystal Palace are keen on him while Club Brugges in Belgium are also monitoring his progress.
Urhoghide has made nine Championship starts this season, including the latest in a much-needed 2-1 victory over Yorkshire rivals Barnsley at Oakwell.
The Owls face the possibility of relegation and their precarious position in the Championship table is arguably what has proved the stumbling block in their contract talks.
Urhoghide isn’t the only player out of contract this summer, with Adam Reach, Kadeem Harris, Jordan Rhodes and Tom Lees also among those currently on course to leave.
Leeds and Palace, meanwhile, will surely be there to pounce as a drop to League One will likely see the Owls lose another one of their top young talents.
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