Sheffield Wednesday fending off Hull interest in Bannan could be vital

CSKA Moscow's Russian head coach Leonid Slutski gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League group E football match between Tottenham Hotspur and CSKA Moscow at Wembley...

Sheffield Wednesday forcing Hull to sign Burton's Jackson Irvine instead of Barry Bannan could be their best piece of business this summer.

Jackson Irvine of Burton Albion looks on during the pre season friendly match between Burton Albion and West Bromwich Albion at Pirelli Stadium on July 26, 2017 in Burton-upon-Trent,...Jackson Irvine of Burton Albion.

Hull City are closing in on a deal to sign Jackson Irvine from Burton Albion after coach Andy Garner confirmed the midfielder had been at KCOM Stadium for talks ahead of a move.

"Jackson has spoken to another club," Garner was quoted by the Hull Daily Mail after Burton drew 1-1 with Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship on Saturday, a game Irvine did not take part in.

"That's it really. He's gone up there and spoken to another club. I don't know if that deal has been finalised or not, I'm not too sure, but that's the reason."

Asked if that club was Hull, Garner replied: "Yes."

CSKA Moscow's Russian head coach Leonid Slutski gestures on the touchline during the UEFA Champions League group E football match between Tottenham Hotspur and CSKA Moscow at Wembley...Hull manager Leonid Slutsky.

Irvine has been lined up by Tigers manager Leonid Slutsky as a direct replacement for Sam Clucas following his £16.5m switch to Swansea City, but the 24-year-old wasn't the Russian's first choice.

No, that man was Wednesday star Barry Bannan, with Sky Sports reporting the Owls rejected a bid from Hull for the Scotland international.

According to the Yorkshire Post, Bannan's manager Carlos Carvalhal is determined not to lose the 27-year-old and it seems the Portuguese will get his way - something that has not always been the case in the transfer market this summer.

Derby, ENGLAND- October 29: Barry Bannan of Sheffield Wednesday and Jacob Butterfield of Derby County in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Sheffield...Barry Bannan of Sheffield Wednesday and Jacob Butterfield of Derby County in action.

The Sheffield club have only signed Jordan Rhodes - in a deal already agreed with Middlesbrough back in February - free agent George Boyd and Vitoria Setubal loanee Frederico Venancio this window, with funds extremely limited.

Yet while incoming transfers may not be plentiful, holding onto fan favourite Bannan could be the most important piece of business Carvalhal does before Thursday's deadline.

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