Manager responds after being asked if they would sign Birmingham City transfer target

Ian Poveda is on loan at Sheffield Wednesday. Birmingham City wanted to sign him in January. (Image: Getty Images)Ian Poveda is on loan at Sheffield Wednesday. Birmingham City wanted to sign him in January. (Image: Getty Images)
Ian Poveda is on loan at Sheffield Wednesday. Birmingham City wanted to sign him in January. (Image: Getty Images) | Getty Images
One relegation rival boss has had his say if he will sign a player strongly linked with a move to Birmingham City.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Danny Rohl says he is focusing on keeping the team up after being asked if the club would be signing Birmingham City target Ian Poveda.

The 24-year-old joined the Owls on a season long loan until the end of the season. He is being borrowed from Leeds United but it has been reported that they don't intend on renewing his contract this summer.

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He had the option of joining either Wednesday or Birmingham City at the end of January and the Colombian international chose to play at Hillsborough. Tony Mowbray shortly after the window shut revealed he was a target for Blues after he and Poveda had worked together at Blackburn Rovers.

Wednesday and Birmingham City are in direct competition to avoid the drop the Championship. Birmingham are in the bottom three ahead of the final day, and no transfer plans will be made by the Yorkshire club until they know what division they are playing in next season.

Speaking to our friends at The Star, Rohl said: "We know these players and that they gave us quality in the second leg (half of the season). We know Ian when he played, he has a good impact, Ike Ugbo has scored for us.

“We will try to have a good squad together, but now we focus to Saturday and then on Sunday we can start to speak about the next step.”

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Poveda has made 10 appearances for Wednesday this season and set up one of the goals in their 2-0 win over Birmingham back in February. He has been absent for the last four matches but could make a return from injury for their final game of the season which is away against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. They are three points ahead of Birmingham but possess a worse goal difference than them.

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