Date: 26th April 2007 at 3:00pm
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Another day, another rumour – this time Portsmouth’s out-of-favour defender Andy O’Brien has been linked with a move to Hillsborough this summer.

The former Newcastle and Bradford defender has seen his chances limited at Fratton Park this season and is set to quit the Premiership club at the end of the season – with Brian Laws reportedly leading the chase for his services.

And Owls boss Laws has already stated the need to strengthen his defence in the pre-season to bolster his squad for a push for promotion should the squad fail to make the play-offs this time round.

Graham Coughlan looks set for the exit doors at S6 after being loaned out to Burnley while Steve Watson is still only at Hillsborough on a loan spell from West Brom, leaving Wednesday short at the back come the end of the current campaign.

The Yorkshire-born defender has made just five appearances for Harry Redknapp’s men this season after falling short with injuries are lack of match fitness, coupled with the fine form of the South coast club at the back this season.

The 27-year-old started his career as a trainee at Bradford City and was part of the team that made it to the Premiership under Paul Jewell, racking up 113 league starts for the Bantams along the way.

Newcastle United were the first big club to take a gamble on his services when they paid £2m for his services before going on to play almost 130 times for the Geordies and moving to Portsmouth for the same fee in 2005.