Sheffield Wednesday must work to secure a deal for Southampton’s 19-year-old centre-back David Agbontohoma after Lee Bullen confirmed that a contract offer is on the table for the defender.
Under-23’s head coach Lee Bullen has revealed that Wednesday have spoken to Agbontohoma and made a formal offer to the centre-back. Bullen has said that he was impressed by the “powerful” youngster when he saw him play and believes that he would suit Darren Moore’s style of play. He told Yorkshire Live:
“The latest thing on David is that he went and played a game at Stoke, but we’ve made a formal offer to him.
“We’re just waiting to hear back from David, and I think there has been a counter-offer come back, but I don’t know exactly where we are with it.
“We’re not going to be throwing bucketloads of money about, especially at U23 level. I really liked what I saw, I thought there was big room for improvement, and I think that he plays the way that Darren Moore would like to play – and he’s also big, powerful and quick
“We’d love to have him on board, but ultimately the decision is in their boat.”
Agbontohoma is out of contract this summer and Yorkshire Live claim that he is expected to depart from St. Mary’s upon the expiry of his deal at the club. This means that Sheffield Wednesday will not have to pay a transfer fee to bring the centre-back to Hillsborough ahead of next season and will avoid, as Bullen explains, spending bucketloads of money on new additions.
They can add a promising young centre-back to their ranks and he won’t cost them a penny in transfer fees. Sheffield Wednesday just need to make sure that they have offered him the right wages and bonuses to get him to sign across the dotted line. Bullen has said that a counter-offer has come back, although he does not know where they are with that but Wednesday should meet his demands, as long as they are not hugely unreasonable for an under-23’s player.
The centre-back may not be a player for the first-team next season, but that does not mean that this is not a good deal for the club. Agbontohoma made 18 appearances for Southampton’s under-23 side this season, including two appearances against senior sides in the EFL Trophy, which suggests that he could be a player primed for the youth ranks next term.
However, at the age of 19, he has plenty of years left ahead of him to develop and as Bullen says, he has the qualities Moore looks for in a defender which could make him the ideal player to bring in and develop into a first-team option in the coming years.
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