EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Connor Kirby has agreed a deal to join Macclesfield Town on loan, Football Insider understands.

A number of Football League clubs have expressed an interest in taking Kirby on loan this summer, but a source close to Sheffield Wednesday has told Football Insider that Sol Campbell’s Macclesfield have moved to agree a deal for the midfielder on a season-long loan deal.

Kirby is highly-regarded at Wednesday after coming through the youth ranks at Hillsborough.

The 20-year-old made his first-team debut in April 2018 against Reading and he has gone to make one further appearance for the first-team in the Championship.

Kirby has made two further appearances in the EFL Cup.

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However, he is well down the pecking order at Hillsborough and the club are happy to loan him so that he can continue his development with regular first-team football.

Kirby signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal in March 2018 and that expires next summer.

In other Sheffield Wednesday news, the club is close to signing Newcastle player who cost £10m in 2017.