Celtic target Osaze Urhoghide sends farewell message to Sheffield Wednesday

By Euan Davidson

July 1, 2021

After a day of strong links to Celtic, Sheffield Wednesday defender Osaze Urhoghide looks to be saying goodbye to supporters of his current club.

The defender, who played 17 times for the newly-relegated Owls [Transfermarkt], is a free agent from today. However, at 20 years of age, any club who signs him would need to pay a training compensation fee. For Celtic, that would be a cool £200,000.

On his verified Twitter account, Urhoghide said to supporters:

“Thank you Sheffield Wednesday and all those involved over the last two years from staff to fans. Since my debut at Brighton away to the Yorkshire derby win at Leeds, it’s given me memories that will last a lifetime.”

It certainly reads like a goodbye. There was more Twitter intrigue today, with the Owls defender having previously liked a tweet reporting on Ange Postecoglou’s first meeting with the media. Not to put 2 and 2 together and make 5, but the answer here seems like 5.

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That said, we’ve been stung before with moves that looked beyond doubt. And, with clubs around Europe interested in Urhoghide’s signature, there may be a twist in the tale yet.

Sheffield Wednesday fans have already made their voices heard over Urhoghide leaving, potentially to Celtic

Having lost Liam Shaw to Celtic, there’s a running, frustrating theme emerging for Sheffield Wednesday supporters. If it’s any consolation, we know a bit what it’s like. Ask Southampton whether or not they’ve taken advantage of our market conditions.

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At the risk of sounding patronising, you do have to feel for them. There’s no real anger directed towards Urhoghide himself, but the usual comments about a “Dog and Duck” league and being a “feeder team” have emerged online. Any “farmers” or “pub league” chat, and that mild sympathy will be discarded quickly.

If Urhoghide does join, it’ll certainly bolster our defensive ranks. Even at youth level, there are a dearth of centre and right-backs coming through the Academy. At 20, you’d imagine that the Dutch-born Owls defender will be on the cusp of a first-team place, and will at the very least be with the main squad for pre-season.

Pre-season, by the way, which features a match against Sheffield Wednesday. That’ll be fun.

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