Sheffield Wednesday are set to complete the signing of midfielder Will Vaulks, who has been on the radar of Sheffield United for some time.
The Blades have made more than one attempt to land Vaulks in the past. Chris Wilder was keen on signing him many summers back, while as recent as March 2021 United were said to have maintained an interest in Vaulks.
Vaulks is free to sign with a new club this summer after his three-year spell with Cardiff came to an end. The former Rotherham man made over 100 appearances in Wales, but has walked away from the Bluebirds and is now close to signing for Wednesday.
According to BBC Radio Sheffield’s Andy Giddings though, it is the Owls who are bringing Vaulks back to South Yorkshire.
Whether or not Paul Heckingbottom had maintained any sort of interest in Vaulks is unknown. But with United yet to make a new signing and the former Rotherham man obviously a player who’d been watched in the past, it is interesting that he is moving back to Sheffield with our bitter rivals.
Vaulks made more than 100 appearances just down the road with The Millers, while he’s also featured nine times for Wales.
Our View: Vaulks A Good Signing For Wednesday But United Have Moved On
Will Vaulks is a solid Championship player and the Owls, in fairness to them, are getting a good player through the door here.
However, United are simply in a different league now both in terms of on and off the pitch. So while at one point Vaulks might have been seen as an ideal signing, Heckingbottom has probably moved on to bigger and better targets.
It’s going to be a big few weeks for United. Fans will start to become inpatient if nobody new arrives, and if Wednesday are adding players to their squad who we have looked at, it will only add to the sense of frustration.