Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Bolton linked star made available for free transfer

George Byers will become a free agent this summer. The Birmingham City target has been released by Sheffield Wednesday. (Image: Getty Images)George Byers will become a free agent this summer. The Birmingham City target has been released by Sheffield Wednesday. (Image: Getty Images)
George Byers will become a free agent this summer. The Birmingham City target has been released by Sheffield Wednesday. (Image: Getty Images) | Getty Images
Birmingham City’s path to sign a reported transfer target has become a bit clearer after he was released.

Sheffield Wednesday have announced that they will not be extending the contract of Birmingham City linked midfielder George Byers.

The Owls submitted their retained list to the EFL ahead of the Saturday, May 18 deadline and confirmed that Byers would be one of the six players departing the club this summer. He is leaving along with Tyreeq Bakinson, Ciaran Brennan, Juan Delgado, Lee Gregory and Reece James. Gregory has already confirmed that he is joining Mansfield Town next season, 14-years after a brief stint with them.

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In a parting statement to those leaving, the club said: "The Owls would like to thank all departing players for their services and we wish them the very best for the future."

Our friends at The Star reported last week that Birmingham were looking at Byers as a potential signing. He has spent the last six months out on loan playing for Blackpool and played 16 times for the Seasiders this term.

Blues aren't the only club said to hold an interest however with Blackpool keen to sign him permanently whilst Huddersfield Town, Rotherham United and Barnsley are also interested. League One play-off finalists Bolton Wanderers and Oxford United are also said to have made enquiries.

Byers has played for Sheffield Wednesday, Blackpool and Portsmouth in League One and would be a sound midfield option should anyone depart in the position this summer. He's played 76 times at this level with 12 goals and seven assists.

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As for Byers’ potential destinations, Huddersfield Town announced last week that they would be appointing former Swansea City and Cheltenham Town boss Michael Duff as their new manager. Barnsley are still without a manager after parting with Neil Collins, with Martin Devaney unsuccessful during the club's play-off campaign.

Rotherham United have already begun their transfer business early by signing Jonson Clarke-Harris on a free transfer. The striker claimed to have ‘unfinished business’ at the club and re-joined them after Peterborough United didn’t renew his contract.

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