COMMENT By Will Butcher

Sheffield Wednesday have reportedly had a bid worth £200,000 rejected for Blackburn’s Charlie Mulgrew, and now Leeds must capitalise by blowing their Yorkshire rivals out of the water to sign the defender.

Sky Sports revealed that Wednesday had tabled an offer that was worth an initial £100,000 but rising to double that for the 31-year-old, who suffered relegation with Blackburn last season.

However, it is said that Blackburn have rejected the bid out of hand and it remains to be seen if Carlos Carvalhal’s side will re-enter the market for the Scotland international.

Leeds have already made a signing at centre-back in the form of Everton youngster Matthew Pennington on a season-long loan deal, but head coach Thomas Christiansen will want more.

Football Insider analyses three reasons why the signing of the former Celtic utility man could prove crucial come May 2018, with a star man set to be sidelined for the start of the season: