5 bargain centre-backs Sheffield Wednesday could consider - continuing with Hull City's Michael Dawson

Hull City's Michael Dawson celebrates scoring their second goal wih teammates

The Hull City defender denied Sheffield Wednesday a place in last season's Premier League.

Sheffield Wednesday continue to be priced out in their search for a new centre-back, their head coach Carlos Carvalhal admitted recently.

Middlesbrough's Daniel Ayala, Newcastle United's Grant Hanley and Derby County's Richard Keogh are among those to have been linked with moves to Hillsborough this summer, but the Owls are yet to add to their options at the heart of their defence.

If bargains are what Carvalhal is after, then targeting those whose contracts expire at the end of the coming campaign could be the way to go - although it still doesn't guarantee they'll come cheap.

Nevertheless, HITC Sport has picked out five names who could potentially fit the bill for Wednesday, continuing with Hull City's Michael Dawson.

Hull City's Michael Dawson is sprayed with champagne as they celebrate winning promotion back to the Premier LeagueHull City's Michael Dawson

Who is he?

A player who should require little introduction, having played close to 300 games at Premier League level for both Tottenham Hotspur and Hull, and four times for England. Dawson helped the latter club to victory against the Owls in last year's play-off final at Wembley.

What would he bring to Wednesday?

Experience and leadership, both of which Carvalhal's side lacked in the absence of Tom Lees and Glenn Loovens last term. Though he may be 34 in November, Dawson started 19 games at Premier League level during 2016-17, suggesting there's life in the old dog yet.

Hull City's Michael Dawson celebrates scoring their first goalHull City's Michael Dawson

Would he come to Hillsborough?

Hull have undergone something of a firesale since last season's relegation, allowing seven of their regulars to depart - many in bargain deals. The Sun last month reported that Dawson could be next, with Burnley showing interest in the Yorkshireman, who it was claimed could be available for around £2 million. Having already sold Curtis Davies and Harry Maguire, however, Hull are unlikely to want to lose their only remaining senior centre-half, but may be willing to sanction his exit if reinforcements - such as Ondrej Mazuch and Tomas Kalas - arrive. If so, a move to Wednesday is sure to appeal.

Stay tuned for part three of this HITC Sport feature on Wednesday...

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