Boss Carlos Carvalhal has praised the intelligence and versatility of midfield dynamo Barry Bannan, who is poised to pledge his long-term future to Sheffield Wednesday.
After lengthy discussions, The Star understands Bannan has agreed a new three-and-a-half-year contract with the club.
The 26-year-old, who initially penned a one-year deal after arriving from Crystal Palace last August, has been instrumental in the Owls’ march up the Championship table.
It is a major coup for Wednesday, who are believed to be in talks with Bolton Wanderers midfielder Mark Davies over a possible move, that Bannan has agreed to prolong his Hillsborough stay as they prepare to host Fulham in the third round of the FA Cup.
Carvalhal said: “Barry can play anywhere. You could play him at centre-back and he could still do a job. He would maybe have some difficulties heading balls but he understands the game well.
“When we put him in central midfield, we know he can control the rhythm of the game. He understands what he must do. He is an important player for us.”
Meanwhile, centre-back Darryl Lachman has joined Dutch side SC Cambuur on loan until the end of the season. The Curaçao international was Wednesday’s first summer signing last June, arriving for an undisclosed fee from Eredivisie outfit FC Twente but he failed to make a single first-team appearance this term.