Sheffield Wednesday are considering signing Arsenal prospect Tolaji Bola on loan depending on their transfer ban, according to The Star.
Darren Moore has marked bringing a new left-back in as one of his high priority targets of the transfer window. But the Owls are looking at a number of options as they seek several replacements after dropping into League One.
Former Chelsea talent Renedi Masampu has been on trial with the Hillsborough outfit, but is yet to be offered a contract. Moore is also monitoring Arsenal gem Bola whilst Sheffield Wednesday await the EFL’s verdict on their transfer ban.
The EFL placed Sheffield Wednesday and several clubs under embargos earlier this year. The Owls can still sign players under strict conditions, but are in talks to get the ban lifted.
The governing body could make a decision as early as this week, which would free Sheffield Wednesday to potentially sign Arsenal defender Bola on loan. It is thought the 22-year-old may be open to a spell with the Owls in League One after his time at Rochdale last season.
Bola joined the Dale in October and played 11 times under Brian Barry-Murphy before returning to north London in January. He started nine of his outings, as well, but only helped to two clean sheets and offered no assists.
Mikel Arteta occasionally called Bola in to train with the Arsenal first-team upon his return to London Colney. But the U23s stalwart is yet to make his senior Gunners debut, after one appearance on the bench against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup in September 2019.
Arsenal need Bola to kick on if he joins Sheffield Wednesday
Arsenal will need Bola to kick on if he joins Sheffield Wednesday, or any other side, on loan this summer. He featured regularly at Rochdale, only missing three games, but remained in the Gunners’ U23s after returning to north London.
And at 22, the defender cannot still be playing youth level football if he’s to forge a career at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal know what Bola can offer them at that level, including his ability to lead the junior side as captain. But need to see that in a first-team for a full season.
Sheffield Wednesday could offer Arsenal that opportunity with Moore desperate for new options in Bola’s position. They will just have to wait for the EFL to decide if the Owls’ ban should stay in place or not, or jump through the hoops otherwise needed to strike a deal.