Report: Sheffield Wednesday plan to give Premier League target Tom Lees new £25,000 a week deal

Tom Lees of Sheffield Wednesday

The defender was a key player for the Championship side last season.

Tom Lees of Sheffield WednesdayTom Lees

Sheffield Wednesday are hoping that they can persuade Tom Lees to ignore Premier League interest by handing the centre-back a new deal at Hillsborough worth £25,000 a week, the Daily Mail reports.

The 25-year-old has been attracting interest from top flight newcomers Burnley, as well as from the Owls' Championship rivals Fulham and Derby County this summer, according to the Mail. 

Tom Lees - Sheffield Wednesday

And perhaps fearing that an approach may be imminent - the Mail claims that the Clarets are ready to make a move if Michael Keane joins Leicester City - Wednesday have decided to offer the defender a bumper new contract.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos CarvalhalSheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

Keeping Lees at Hillsborough would undoubtedly be a big piece of business for Carlos Carvalhal this summer. The former Leeds United man has been a key player for the side over the last two seasons, helping them reach the play-off final during the last campaign.

And with the squad lacking depth in terms of central defensive options - utility man Sam Hutchinson has played there frequently during pre-season - it would be a major blow if Lees was to move on, especially as time is running out for a replacement to be found and the club's Championship campaign gets underway on Sunday. 

General view of Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough stadium

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