Report: Sheffield Wednesday planning double Derby swoop for Ince and Hendrick

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal before the match

The Owls are reportedly looking at Derby County duo Jeff Hendrick and Tom Ince.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal before the matchSheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

The Sheffield Star are reporting that Sheffield Wednesday are eyeing a move for Derby County duo Jeff Hendrick and Tom Ince.

Irish international Hendrick has been linked with moves to Burnley and Sunderland in recent times, as outlined by the Sheffield Star, but now it appears Wednesday have also thrown their hat into the ring.

The Owls are looking to bolster their options in attack and the Sheffield based newspaper report that the moves have nothing to do with recent interest from the Rams in midfielder Fernando Forestieri, with Nigel Pearson's side thought to have to made a £7 million bid.

Brighton's Steve Sidwell (L) in action with Derby County's Jeff HendrickBrighton's Steve Sidwell (L) in action with Derby County's Jeff Hendrick

Hendrick and Ince have both featured in Derby's opening two games of the season, playing a part in the Rams' opening day 0-0 draw with Brighton, and Tuesday night's 1-0 EFL Cup win over Grimsby.

The duo were important figures for the Rams in last season's Championship campaign, helping the club to make the Championship Playoffs via a fifth place finish, only to be denied in the semi-finals by Hull City, who ultimately went on to secure a Premier League place.

Hendrick made 32 appearances in the Championship last term, whilst Ince has looked more and more of the player that lit up the Championship three years ago for Blackpool, appearing regularly and accumulating 42 outings for his side.

Derby County Manager Nigel Pearson speaks to Thomas Ince after he is substitutedDerby County Manager Nigel Pearson speaks to Thomas Ince after he is substituted

Former England Under-21 International Ince joined Derby from Hull City last summer for a fee of £4.75 million mark, after a successful loan spell at the back-end of the previous campaign.

His move to Derby ended a period of instability and lack of form, underpinned by his inability to establish a first team spot at the KCOM stadium, as well as an unsuccessful loan switch to Nottingham Forest.

Hendrick meanwhile has seen his stock rise off the back of an impressive display at Euro 2016 with the Republic of Ireland. 

Derby's Jeff Hendrick in action with Hull's Abel HernandezDerby's Jeff Hendrick in action with Hull's Abel Hernandez

The Derby youth product, now aged 24, has made 25 appearances for his country, as well as over 200 for the Rams.

Interest from Premier League side Burnley has seen bids of £3 million, £5.5 million and £7 million all rejected by County for Hendrick, and should Wednesday wish to sign the Irishman along with Ince, they may well have to make an offer that surpasses the 7 digit mark.

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