Keiren Westwood interest to aid Sheffield Wednesday's Chris Kirkland

Chris Kirkland is open to a loan move away from Sheffield Wednesday, but could see reported Liverpool interest in Keiren Westwood work in his favour.

Chris Kirkland is growing restless at Sheffield Wednesday, with the one-cap England international unaccustomed to filling back-up duties.

He has been the Owls’ number one throughout his time at Hillsborough, but found himself slipping down the pecking order over the summer.

The arrival of Keiren Westwood has nudged Kirkland towards the bench, and he is starting to put down roots.

The ex-Liverpool man is prepared to take matters into his own hands, with a loan switch possible, but he could also be offered assistance by his former Premier League employers.

Those at Anfield are said to be keeping a close eye on Westwood and a January approach for the Republic of Ireland international would see the number one jersey thrust back in Kirkland’s direction.

The 33-year-old told The Star on his current situation: “Hopefully something will be sorted for me this month. But it’s all good me saying I want to go and get games. The club is the most important thing.

“If they want me to stay then I’ll stay. I’ve never been any trouble and I always try and help. But I’m older now and I want to try and play games.”

Kirkland has been with Wednesday since 2012 and is closing in on 100 appearances for the club.

That would be a nice personal landmark to reach, but game time anywhere is the priority at present.

There would be plenty of Football League clubs willing to take a proven performer on a short-term deal if he does become available, but the future of Westwood will directly impact on that of Kirkland.

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