Sheffield Wednesday: Owls in talks with Wallace

Ross Wallace, right, in action against Wednesday.
Ross Wallace, right, in action against Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday are understood to have stepped up their interest in winger Ross Wallace.

A free agent after being released by Burnley at the end of last season, the 30-year-old’s representatives have recently held discussions with the Championship club.

Talks are thought to have been ongoing in the last few weeks and it is believed Wallace has now been offered the chance to move to Hillsborough as new head coach Carlos Carvalhal, who will officially be presented to the media on Thursday, looks to strengthen the attacking options at his disposal.

Wallace started his career at Scottish giants Celtic before enjoying spells at Sunderland and Preston North End. He was a key performer as the Black Cats secured the Championship title in 2007.

The Scotland international, signed for the Clarets from Preston by ex-Owls chief Brian Laws, played 165 times during his five-year spell at Turf Moor, hitting 13 goals.

Wallace, who can be deployed on either wing, is predominantly left footed. He registered in Burnley’s 2-0 success away to Wednesday in January 2013, firing home the Clarets second from the penalty spot.

The Owls, who unveiled their new away kit yesterday, are short of cover in the wide positions, with Lloyd Isgrove having returned to Southampton following the expiry of his loan deal, Chris Maguire turning down a new contract and Jacques Maghoma being axed as part of an end of season clear-out.

Wednesday have wasted no time in adding to their squad in the close season, bringing in defenders Darryl Lachman, Vincent Sasso and Jack Hunt.

Carvalhal’s men reported back for pre-season training last week and have been undertaking double sessions.

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