Sheffield Wednesday must pull off a bargain deal for Wolves captain Danny Batth

According to The Star, Sheffield Wednesday are closing in on the signing of Wolves centre-back Danny Batth after the club captain was left out of Nuno Espirito Santo’s side in the Carabao Cup win over the Owls.

What’s the story?

Wolves knocked Wednesday out of the cup on Tuesday evening, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Leo Bonatini and Helder Costa, but it was the absence of Batth that would have excited Wednesday fans despite the result.

Instead of the 27-year-old, Wolves boss Santo handed debuts to Elliot Watt, Pedro Goncalves, Benny Ashley-Seal and new signing Leander Dendoncker.

The deadline for English Football League clubs to sign players on loan is August 31 at 5pm and Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay will be hoping to make his first addition of the summer before then.

The Owls were subjected to a transfer embargo this summer by the EFL for failing to meet Financial Fair Play guidelines. The ban was lifted after the permanent deadline closed on August 9 so no permanent additions have been made to the squad at Hillsborough.

A coup for Luhukay

Batth made 21 appearances in all competitions for the West Midlands side last season as Wolves were promoted to the Premier League but he has slipped down the pecking order thanks to the impressive signings made by Santo this summer.

Batth previously spent a year on loan with Wednesday during the 2011/12 season.

There is no doubting that the 6ft 3in defender would be a success if he were to return to the Championship though and he would represent a bargain if the Owls were able to secure his signature for something close to his Transfermarkt valuation of £900,000.