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Sheffield Wednesday: Owls eye Tolaji Bola

Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly interested in a deal to sign Arsenal’s young defender Tolaji Bola, according to The Star. 

What’s the story?

Darren Moore’s side will be preparing for life in the third tier of English football, after they were relegated from the Championship last term after a disappointing run of results.

The Owls have held an interest in signing former Chelsea defender Renedi Masampu, who is reportedly on trial with the Owls during pre-season.

But whilst their believed to be keeping tabs on Masampu, they’re also said to be interested in a deal to sign Arsenal’s Tolaji Bola ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

The Star claim that Bola could be tempted by a return to League One on a temporary basis, as he looks to find himself regular minutes in senior football.

It’d be a risk-free signing for the Owls

Bola has been with Arsenal since 2008, and is yet to make a senior appearance for the Gunners, which will be slightly frustrating at the age of 22.

The 22-year-old spent last year’s campaign on loan with League One side Rochdale, and made 12 appearances for them in total, before returning to the Emirates Stadium this summer.

Sheffield Wednesday endured a frustrating season last term, as they dropped out of the second tier on the final day of the 2020/21 campaign after a draw with Derby County.

It’s been a summer of change at Hillsborough, with a number of players leaving the club when their contracts reached a conclusion, as they looked to financially adjust to life in the third tier, whilst under the management of Darren Moore.

The Owls certainly need additional strength in depth in defence moving forwards, as additional options at left-back are needed, with Matt Penney recently departing Sheffield Wednesday in favour of a move to Ipswich Town.

Would Bola be a good signing for Sheffield Wednesday?

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Bola would be something of a safe option for Darren Moore’s side as well, with the defender having experience of playing at this level, having played for Rochdale last season, so there shouldn’t be too many concerns as to whether he’d be a good enough option to have in their team.

You aren’t on the books with Arsenal by chance, and you would imagine that the Gunners will be keen to find Bola regular game time in the near future, as his first-team opportunities are likely to be restricted this season with Mikel Arteta’s side.

Reinforcements are needed at Sheffield Wednesday, and Bola will be eager to make a name for himself in senior football, so it’d be a move that would work for all parties involved, especially with the Owls’ finances likely to be restricted this summer.

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