EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Sheffield Wednesday are lining up a summer move to sign just-released Queens Park Rangers defender Jake Bidwell on a free transfer, Football Insider can reveal.

A Wednesday source has told Football Insider the club have set their sights on the 26-year-old full-back, who is a free agent this summer after the club announced he is leaving ahead of his contract expiring next month.

Manager Steve Bruce is working under a tight budget at Hillsborough due to FFP regulations and Bidwell would fit the bill as he would be able to come without a transfer fee.

The Owls are in the market for a new left-back this summer having released Daniel Pudil at the end of the season and Bidwell is among their top targets.

A number of other Championship clubs are interested in Bidwell, but Wednesday are determined to be at the head of the queue for the defender.

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Bidwell, who made 40 league starts among 45 appearances for QPR in the recently-completed Championship season, started his career at Everton before joining Brentford and then QPR.

He has represented England at various youth levels and has accumulated a wealth of experience at Championship and League One level.

In other Sheffield Wednesday news, the club are in advanced talks to sign a 25-year-old from London club.