Could Sheffield Wednesday's Sean Clare emerge as ambitious Sunderland target amid Aston Villa uncertainty?

Aston Villa's English manager Steve Bruce gestures on the touchline during the English Championship play-off final football match between Aston Villa and Fulham at Wembley Stadium in...

The Sheffield Wednesday midfielder was reportedly set to sign for Aston Villa, who have lost a key member of staff to Sunderland.

Sean Clare of Gillingham celebrates scoring during the Sky Bet League One match between A.F.C. Wimbledon and Gillingham at The Cherry Red Records Stadium on September 12, 2017 in Kingston...

Sheffield Wednesday's Sean Clare has been heavily linked with a move to Aston Villa, but could Sunderland now emerge as contenders to sign the midfielder?

Clare is one of several young talents thrust into Jos Luhukay's side amid a spate of injuries last season, and impressed with one goal in four starts before injury struck.

The 21-year-old is out of contract this summer, however, and has yet to publicly deliver his response to Sheffield Wednesday's offer of a new one.

But while the Daily Mirror reported last month that Clare was all set to sign for Aston Villa, the situation may have now changed, according to the Sheffield Star.

Dec 1991:  Portrait of Manchester City goalkeeper Tony Coton during a match. \ Mandatory Credit: Ben  Radford

The latter publication suggests the Villans' precarious financial situation, along with the departure of their head of recruitment, Tony Coton (pictured, above, in his Manchester City days), to Sunderland, as reasons why that could be the case.

And with Sunderland the beneficiaries of a recent takeover by businessman Stewart Donald, an ambitious move for Clare may not be out of the question - especially as the Mackems' midfield exodus looks yet to have ceased.

Dejphon Chansiri the Chairman of Sheffield Wednesday greets the fans prior to kickoff during the Capital One Cup fourth round match between Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal at Hillsborough...

While a switch to the Stadium of Light would represent a short-term step down for the Sheffield Wednesday youngster, his long-term prospects could be just as bright - if not brighter - as the Owls too prepare to rein in the spending in a bid to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.

Where Clare ends up remains to be seen, although joining Sunderland is perhaps not as daft as it sounds.

Sheffield Wednesday, Aston Villa, Sunderland or other -  for which club will Clare sign this summer?

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