Portsmouth transfer news: Rivals Sheffield Wednesday emerge as favourites to sign Blues target Josh Sims following Southampton release

Sheffield Wednesday have emerged as serious contenders for the signature of Pompey target Josh Sims.

Thursday, 29th July 2021, 2:05 pm

And according to Yorkshire Live, a deal could materialise – along with a loan move for former Blues midfielder George Byers – this week and in time for the Owls’ Carabao Cup first-round game against Huddersfield on Sunday.

The ex-Southampton winger is reportedly in talks with Darren Moore’s outfit ahead of a potential free transfer.

The 24-year-old free agent worked with Moore at Doncaster Rovers last season – a spell that saw him score three goals and assist in eight over 30 appearances – with the Wednesday boss keen for a reunion at Hillsborough as he continues to shape his squad ahead their League One campaign.

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However, a move is yet to materialise as Blues boss Danny Cowley continues to weigh up his options.

At present, Pompey are well-stocked in the wide areas, with Ronan Curtis, Marcus Harness, Michael Jacobs, and Recco Hackett-Fairchild all capable of playing down the flanks.

Cowley has also brought in former Birmingham youngster Jayden Reid following a successful loan spell – but he faces a lengthy period on the sidelines after suffering a serious knee injury in Saturday’s friendly against Luton.

Former Southampton winger Josh Sims. Picture: George Wood/Getty Images

A potential move away from Fratton Park for either Ronan Curtis or Michael Jacobs, who has been linked with Ipswich, could prompt Cowley to re-evaluate his options.

However, by that stage, Sims’ future could well be decided, with Wednesday reportedly closing in on a deal.