Report: Preston will face battle with Sporting Lisbon to sign Dutch-born contract rebel
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Report: Preston will face battle with Sporting Lisbon for Osaze Urhoghide

According to the Sheffield Star, Sheffield Wednesday defender and Preston target Osaze Urhoghide is looking increasingly likely to move on.

We understand Urhoghide is one of a number of defenders on North End’s radar this summer, though it wouldn’t be an easy move. Lancs Live have also reported Preston’s interest in Urhoghide.

Urhoghide is attracting huge interest, and the report notes that Sporting Lisbon and Club Brugge are both keen to land the youngster.

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The 20-year-old defender is out of contract at the end of the month, and it looks likely that he will move on and sign elsewhere.

If he goes abroad, Wednesday would allegedly land just £200,000 in compensation. Joining an English team would bring in more money for the Owls, either through agreed compensation or a tribunal.

Urhoghide was ‘immense’ against Preston back in January according to Owls fans, and that may well be where North End’s interest began.

WATFORD, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Dan Gosling of Watford battles for possession with Osaze Urhoghide of Sheffield Wednesday during the Sky Bet Championship match between Watford and Sheffield Wednesday at Vicarage Road on April 02, 2021 in Watford, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Born in the Netherlands and formerly of AFC Wimbledon, Urhoghide has turned out 21 times for Wednesday since his arrival in 2019.

Capable of playing at centre back or right back, Urhoghide is a versatile option with huge potential, and beating Sporting Lisbon – the Portuguese champions and set for Champions League football this season – would be massive for North End.

With Matthew Olosunde also targeted at right back, Preston do have options, and it remains to be seen whether an ambitious swoop for Urhoghide can be pulled off.

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