With some doubts about Michael Hector given Chelsea are reportingly sticking to a £5million transfer fee and we’ve had no success so far in talking them down from that valuation, Sheffield Wednesday have apparently pivoted to former Rangers and now Hamburg centre-half David Bates.
The Star appear to be the original source here, and whilst I vaguely remember his name from somewhere, it seems the 22-year-old would tick a number of boxes.
Having made his breakthrough at Rangers, featuring 26 times from the start of games, it seems he allowed his contract to expire and made the switch out to German side Hamburg, where he’s had mixed success featuring 28 times – but he is described as a key player for them and he has four senior Scotland caps to his name now, having made his debut last November.
He’d be a bit of a development project I think but from a scout around he had some decent interest in him from the likes of Arsenal (as The Star reference) before he moved abroad, so he was considered potentially as someone for the future.
He wouldn’t be as imposing as Hector given relative experience, but if he’s available for a sensible price I think it would be worth a punt. It could just be a ruse to get Chelsea to give more wriggle room though.