Wolves' Ben Marshall discusses friendship with Sheffield Wednesday's Jordan Rhodes

Nick Montgomery (R) - Sheffield United in action against Ben Marshall - Sheffield Wednesday

The pair were teammates at Blackburn Rovers before moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday, via Middlesbrough, respectively.

Blackburn Rovers' Jordan Rhodes (L) celebrates scoring their second goal with Ben MarshallFormer Blackburn pair Jordan Rhodes and Ben Marshall celebrate

It turns out two of Sheffield Wednesday's most protracted transfer targets are actually close friends.

Ben Marshall and Jordan Rhodes were repeatedly with moves to Hillsborough until the latter's January arrival from Middlesbrough.

And though Marshall was also on the move last month, the Owls are not thought to have been in contention to sign him, with the winger swapping Blackburn Rovers for Wolverhampton Wanderers instead.

The pair were teammates at Ewood Park for two-and-a-half years until Rhodes' switch to Boro in early 2016 and have kept in touch ever since.

When asked to name his closest friend in football, Marshall told Sky Sports' EFL Weekly podcast: "I'd probably say Jordan Rhodes.

"I've kept close with him since our time at Blackburn, we've kept in touch, I went to his wedding and stuff, you probably won't meet a nicer guy in football."

Marshall may not have followed Rhodes to Wednesday last month, but the 25-year-old knows all too well what it is like to be an Owls player, having spent six months on loan at Hillsborough during the 2011-12 campaign.

Chris O'Grady and Ben Marshall - Sheffield WednesdayBen Marshall (right) in action for Sheffield Wednesday against Jordan Rhodes' Huddersfield Town

Wednesday have already played Wolves twice this season, so the pair's on-pitch reunion will have to be put on hold unless Marshall's prediction of a top-six finish for his side comes true.

Paul Lambert's team are currently 23 points behind the Owls, who occupy the final play-off place, with 45 still to play for.

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