Sheffield Wednesday are said to have wanted Fonseca to replace Carlos Carvalhal.

The Italian giants, AS Roma, have hired one of Sheffield Wednesday’s former managerial targets.

Paulo Fonseca has left the Ukranian champions, Shakhtar Donetsk, to sign an initial two-year contract in Rome.

The Portuguese led Shakhtar to three straight league and cup titles, enabling him to catch the eye of Roma, who sacked Eusebio Di Francesco in March and placed Claudio Ranieri in temporary charge.

But if this Sun report is anything to go by, Fonseca would have been Hillsborough-bound as recently as 18 months ago had the Sheffield Wednesday chairman, Dejphon Chansiri, had his way.

The newspaper claimed Wednesday ‘made contact’ with Shakhtar as they sought to appoint the 46-year-old as Carlos Carvalhal’s successor.

Whether the Owls ever spoke to Fonseca himself, however, remains to be seen and he ultimately remained in Ukraine, which even those of a blue and white persuasion will admit was a bullet-dodged for him.

Sheffield Wednesday, of course, hired Jos Luhukay instead, only to sack the Dutchman 11 months later in favour of Steve Bruce.

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