By Pete O'Rourke

3rd Jan, 2020 | 1:13pm

Exclusive: Sheffield Wednesday & Huddersfield battle to sign winger Southampton may let go

Championship duo Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield Town are battling New York Red Bulls to sign Southampton winger Josh Sims on loan this month, Football Insider understands.

Sims is back at St Mary’s after spending the first half of this season on loan at the Major League Soccer side, with the Americans keen on taking him back stateside ahead of the new MLS season.

A source at Southampton has told Football Insider that the 22-year-old winger is also attracting interest from clubs in the Championship.

The Premier League club are ready to sanction another loan departure for Sims, with Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield joining NY Red Bulls in the hunt to sign him on a temporary basis.

The skilful winger has found himself down the pecking order under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl and he could struggle to break into the side following the Saints’ fine recent run of form.

Both Championship sides are looking to bolster their options in attack this month, with the Terriers looking to push themselves away from relegation and the Owls hoping to boost their chances of a top-six finish.

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Sims joined Southampton’s academy from arch-rivals Portsmouth in 2012 and has made 27 first-team appearances for the Saints.

He has had loan spells at Reading and NY Red Bulls during the last two seasons and he could now be set for another loan move away from St Mary’s.

In other Southampton news, Football Insider can reveal Leeds United have opened talks with the Saints over a January loan signing.