Sheffield Wednesday: Owls warned off Leutwiler move

Jayson Leutwiler of Shrewsbury Town
Jayson Leutwiler of Shrewsbury Town

Sheffield Wednesday have been warned off making a move for talented Shrewsbury Town goalkeeper Jayson Leutwiler.

It is understood the Swiss shot-stopper, who kept 27 clean sheets in all competitions last season, is on the Owls’ radar. Nottingham Forest are also reportedly monitoring Leutwiler’s situation.

But Shrews chief executive Matt Williams is adamant they have no intention of letting one of their prized assets leave following promotion to League One.

“We have had a great season and it is about developing and moving forward and we are not going to develop or move forward by selling our better players,” said Williams.

“Obviously everybody has a price and if someone comes in and offers us something we can’t turn down, then you never say never.

“But we are not having any conversations with any club about any of our players.”

Leutwiler, a former Swiss Under-20 international international, joined Shrewsbury last summer after being shown the door by Middlesbrough. He enjoyed an impressive first season at the Greenhous Meadow, with the Shrews boasting the best defensive record in the Football League as they finished second behind champions Burton Albion.

The 26-year-old, who began his career with FC Basel, has a year left to run on his contract.

Wednesday’s interest in Leutwiler has cast a shadow over Chris Kirkland’s future. Despite being offered a new deal earlier this month, Kirkland is believed to be weighing up his options following the Owls’ decision to pursue other goalkeepers.

Meanwhile, former Wednesday youngster Ayo Obileye has agreed a new one-year contract with Charlton Athletic.

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