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Sheffield Wednesday: Owls handed boost in Griffiths pursuit

Sheffield Wednesday have been handed a potential transfer boost, regarding their pursuit of Josh Griffiths.

What’s the talk?

Cheltenham Town have officially confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Owen Evans from Wigan on a two-year deal this week. This could come as a boost to Sheffield Wednesday, as Cheltenham were thought to be pursuing a deal for West Brom goalkeeper Josh Griffiths following his loan spell with the club in League Two.

The Yorkshire Live have reported that Sheffield Wednesday are looking at Griffiths as a potential signing as Darren Moore looks to bolster his squad. League One rivals Portsmouth and Lincoln are also said to be keen on the young shot-stopper.

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Back in March, Cheltenham boss Michael Duff hailed Griffiths as being “vital”, alongside his opposite number during a League Two clash. He told Gloucestershire Live:

“The two keepers have made a good save each.

“They are vital and neither of them had much to do, but it’s big saves at big moments, when called upon. That save gives us the chance to go on and win the game.”

Fans would love him

Sheffield Wednesday fans would love Griffiths if the owner Dejphon Chansiri can get a deal over the line for the young keeper following this boost to their chances. Cheltenham signing Evans could mean that they already have their number one for next season, as they have signed him on a permanent, two-year, contract rather than on a short-term deal to act as cover for a number one – like Griffiths. Evans was on loan to Cheltenham from Wigan as cover for Griffiths last term and it seems unlikely that he would sign permanently if that was going to be the case again.

Moore has a gap to fill in his squad with Keiren Westwood poised to depart from Hillsborough on a free transfer at the end of the month. Westwood has not signed a contract extension with Wednesday and will leave upon the expiry of his deal this summer, which opens up a spot for Griffiths to come in and fill. Moore could be delighted by this move as Griffiths could join the club on loan and be his first-choice for the 2021/22 League One campaign.

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The £450k-rated ace proved himself at League Two level in the season just gone for Cheltenham. He played in 44 of their 46 league matches as they won the title and secured promotion to League Two, which proved that he is able to maintain consistency as Duff continually picked him in the side. Griffiths registered an impressive 21 clean sheets and only conceded 37 goals in League Two, which highlights his quality between the sticks and shows that Wednesday fans could enjoy watching him dive between the posts week-in-week-out to help their club.

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