Sheffield Wednesday have submitted a bid to sign Crewe Alexandra defender Harry Pickering amid rival interest from Blackburn Rovers, Football Insider understands.

The 22-year-old left-back has been targeted by the Championship duo on the back of his impressive development at The Alexandra Stadium, having established himself as a first-team mainstay in recent years.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider Wednesday have made a move to prise the Chester-born full-back away from the League One outfit before the end of the month with an official offer.

Pickering, a graduate of Crewe’s youth ranks, is currently tied down until 2023 at The Alexandra Stadium after penning a new contract last September.

He made his first-team debut as an 18-year-old back in April 2017 and went on to establish himself as a regular among the senior side in the 2017/18 season.

A versatile talent, Pickering has featured as a full-back, a left-sided winger and central midfielder during his formative years but has nailed down a spot at left-back over the last couple of seasons.

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He is closing in on 150 appearances for the club, with 10 goals and 14 assists under his belt to date.

Having helped Crewe seal promotion from League Two last season, he has played 23 times in League One this term, with three goals and two assists to his name.

He has also been handed the captain’s armband in recent weeks following Perry Ng’s drop out the side and subsequent move to Cardiff City.

Having seen Blackburn Rovers fail with a bid already this month, Sheffield Wednesday are hoping to give Pickering the opportunity to follow his former teammate into the second tier before the window closes on February 1.

In other news, Sheffield Wednesday have also set their sights on signing a Cardiff City defender.