Date: 29th May 2008 at 9:55am
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Mark Beevers has been the major plus for the Owls in a lacklustre 2007-08 campaign, but Wednesday could well spend the summer fending off clubs eyeing his signature.

Beevers won the Wickes Young Apprentice Of The Year last season after breaking in to the Owls first team due to injuries and almost immediately penning down a starting shirt for himself.

Former boss Paul Sturrock gave him rave reviews during his time at the club, despite never playing him, insisting he could well be a future England player.

And Wednesday can expect a number of enquiries for the young centre-back from Barnsley, with a number of the bigger Premiership clubs already being linked with a move for him this season.

And now the BBC gossip column is reporting that Beevers has turned down a £2m approach from Champions League and Premier League finalists Chelsea to stay at the club, according to a report from the Daily Star.

People may well take what comes from the tabloids with a pinch of salt, but sources close to Vital Sheffield Wednesday insist that Chelsea, as well as other clubs including Manchester United and Newcastle, have been keeping tabs on Beevers long before he made it in to the Wednesday first team.

Owls fans and management alike will be more than keen to hold on to arguably their most vital and valuable player this summer, although should a bid be forthcoming, fans can be assured they can get a good sum for the youngster, with Beevers penning a four-year deal with the club in January.

And Beevers revealed to the official SWFC website that he loves the club and is ignoring the current speculation.

He told the club’s official website: “I’ve just thought of it as speculation. I’ve come in for training and people have told me that clubs are in for me.

“But I’ve just got to keep my feet on the ground really and just carry on working hard in every game I play in.

“I don’t listen too much to what people have to say and just concentrate on my game.

“I love Sheffield Wednesday, I love the fans and I love playing every game I play in for the club. It has been a great season for me.”

Nevertheless, we can expect a summer full of rumours about where the central defender’s future lies, let the fun begin…