Sheffield Wednesday boss responds to reports linking Kieran Lee with Sunderland

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal before the match

Sunderland are said to have watched the Sheffield Wednesday midfielder regularly.

Sunderland have taken a shine to Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Kieran Lee, writes Alan Biggs in his Sheffield Star column.

The 28-year-old arrived at Hillsborough on a free transfer from Oldham Athletic in 2012, and spent much of his early Owls career filling in at right-back.

Sheffield Wednesday's Kieran Lee in action with

However, a switch to central midfield, where he spent his formative years while on the books of Manchester United, has seen the Tamesider develop into one of the Championship's best in his position.

Last season's seven-goal haul was the best of Lee's career to date and he is already well on the way to exceeding that, with his strike at Wolves last week taking him to four for the campaign.

And Biggs writes that the Wednesday number five's efforts have not gone unnoticed, with Sunderland regular watchers.

However, when asked about the Black Cats' interest by Biggs' Star colleague Dom Howson at Thursday's press conference, Owls boss Carlos Carvalhal was none the wiser.

"Really? Oh," the Portuguese replied. " I don’t know nothing about it, it’s news to me.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

"A lot of things must happen for a player to leave the club. He must want, first. The club must want, another club must pay, they must agree. There’s a lot of things to do to move a player and it’s not easy to move a player from Sheffield Wednesday, because we are not selling players.

"I am not concerned about nothing. I am happy when other clubs are interested in my players, especially big clubs, or the clubs in the Premier, but nothing more than this. Something that I know is that Kieran Lee likes working with us and he likes being at Sheffield Wednesday."

Sunderland remain in the Premier League's bottom three after last week's defeat to Liverpool and are likely to have put into place tentative transfer plans should they fail to avoid the drop.

Stadium of Light skipper John O'Shea was a teammate of Lee at Manchester United.

Sunderland's John O'Shea

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