A major update has emerged on West Brom goalkeeper Josh Griffith, regarding Sheffield Wednesday’s chances of potentially landing him this summer, and it’s not great news for the Yorkshire-based side.
According to The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, Lincoln are the club trying the hardest to land West Brom goalkeeper Josh Griffiths on loan this summer. Nixon responded to a question regarding Portsmouth’s interest in Griffiths, with the transfer guru explaining that Lincoln are leading the race, as things stand.
Yorkshire Live have claimed that Sheffield Wednesday are chasing a deal for Griffiths. Darren Moore is looking for a replacement for Kieren Westwood and has identified Griffiths as a target.
Sheffield Wednesday fans will be fuming that Dejphon Chansiri has allowed this to happen. With Westwood out of contract at the end of the month and poised to leave on a free transfer, Moore has a major gap in his starting XI; between the sticks. This means that Wednesday need to bring in a new number one and Griffiths could be a player with the quality to be a first-choice option in League One.
The 19-year-old proved his class at League Two level on loan at Cheltenham last season. He kept 21 clean sheets in 44 appearances for Cheltenham as they won the title and secured promotion to League One. This suggests that he could have the ability to play at a higher level and he has the potential for further development given he is still in his teenage years. Therefore, he could be an ideal signing to come in and replace Westwood next season for Wednesday, to add some hunger and youth to the squad.
However, Chansiri has been dealt a blow by Lincoln working harder for a deal, as it stands, and Wednesday fans will be furious if he does not do something to change that. Chansiri needs to work as hard as Lincoln to get Wednesday back in the race to sign Griffiths, so that they avoid missing out on a potentially key signing to one of their League One rivals.
Chansiri and Moore will need work together to lure Griffiths to the club and overcome this obstacle that Lincoln have provided. The Owls need a goalkeeper for next season, letting one join a rival club would be a huge mistake, one that would rightly upset plenty of Wednesday supporters.