Sheffield Wednesday have joined the race to sign released Wigan Athletic centre-back Jack Whatmough, says journalist Darren Witcoop.

Sheffield Wednesday remain in the hunt for new players. They’ve signed a few new names in the past week including Di’Shon Bernard and Pol Valentin but boss Xisco Munoz will know that his side need a few more new faces over the line – and soon.

And it looks like the Owls have joined the race to sign Whatmough who was last with Wigan Athletic. The 26-year-old spent almost 10 years at Portsmouth before spending two seasons with Wigan, with the last ending in relegation from the Championship.

Now a free agent, Whatmough has been linked with a handful of Championship clubs and Witcoop says that Sheffield Wednesday are now in the race.

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Last season, Wigan boss Shaun Maloney hailed Whatmough’s attributes, including his physicality and his aerial presence, labelling him as a ‘real leader’ too.

A positive signing, but can the Owls pull it off?

Whatmough is a very experienced player despite being still farly young. He has 161 career appearances to his name but he’s spent a lot of time out injured in the past and a lot of his football has been played in League One.

Still, he showed last season that he’s a player who can cut it in the Championship and so it’s no surprise to see Witcoop revealing this level of second tier interest in the player.

Given the amount of interest though, it could be a difficult pursuit of Sheffield Wednesday. And with Whatmough having been a free agent since last season, he might not be able to come in and hit the ground running straight away, so it’s certainly a move with a few obstacles.

Nevertheless, it’s an exciting link.