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Sport Cardiff City attacker Callum Paterson targeted by Sheffield Wednesday as clubs in talks over permanent move

17:15  25 september  2020
17:15  25 september  2020 Source:   walesonline.co.uk

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Sheffield Wednesday are interested in signing Cardiff City's Callum Paterson, WalesOnline has learned.

The Scotland international has recently slipped down the pecking order at Cardiff City Stadium, following the arrival of Kieffer Moore this summer and Robert Glatzel having signed from Heidenheim for £5.5m a year ago.

Rumours first started when Att Chansiri, son of Owls owner Dejphon, followed Paterson on Instagram, which was also the case before the Sheffield outfit signed Elias Kachunga, Chey Dunkley, Josh Windass, Connor Wickham, Alessio da Cruz and Massimo Luongo.

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But now we understand there are legs in those rumours, with Wednesday wanting to bring in a target man and Paterson fitting the bill perfectly, while our sister title ExaminerLive are also reporting that the Owls are locked in talks with Cardiff over a permanent move.

WalesOnline understands no concrete bid has been tabled for the player as yet.

Asked about Paterson in Friday's press conference, Wednesday boss Garry Monk said: "We’re going to be linked with everyone. We’re talking to a number of people and seeing where we can get with them.

"I think I’ve said it to you the last two or three games, I promise you, if I have any news then I’ll tell you."

Paterson enjoyed a purple patch of form in front of goal just after the New Year, scoring five in 11 games between the end of January and beginning of March, but then made way for Glatzel in Neil Harris' preferred starting lineup post-lockdown.

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The 25-year-old has often spoken about his aspirations to break back into the Scotland team and was indeed called up for the beginning of their Nations League campaign earlier this month, coming on as a substitute in the 2-1 win over the Czech Republic.

Ambitions of furthering his international career will no doubt be in Paterson's mind and if he believes he will have regular game time under Garry Monk at Hillsborough then a move could well be in everyone's favour.

For Cardiff, though, that would mean Gary Madine, Omar Bogle, Danny Ward, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing and Paterson, all attacking players, will all have left the club since the New Year, with only Kieffer Moore and Sheyi Ojo having been recruited.

Harris has stated he wants to add to the attacking department of his squad, though, so should Paterson leave it would also free up more funds.

Cardiff have recently been linked with a move for Fulham's Anthony Knockaert, but WalesOnline understands there has been no contact between the two clubs.

Paterson, too, can be deployed at right back, on the wing, in the No.10 role or as a striker and his versatility has been utilised to the utmost extent since he arrived from Hearts back in 2017.

The Scot has become a firm fan favourite during his three-year tenure at the club, too, having earned the club's Young Player of the Year award in both 2018 and 2019.

The Cardiff City youngster Neil Harris feels offers 'something different' and why he won't be loaned out .
The academy product has had to bide his time for an opportunity but it might just be around the corner Harris, a 21-year-old academy product, will this week have seen his contemporary, Tom Sang, leave the building in a loan move to League Two Cheltenham Town.

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