Owls’ Buxton rejects Forest, as O’Grady nears exit

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Defender Lewis Buxton turned down an approach from Nottingham Forest to sign a new contract with Sheffield Wednesday.

The right back signed a two-year deal at Hillsborough last week, after establishing himself as one of Wednesday’s most consistent performers last season.

“It means a lot to me to remain here and be one of the longest serving players at this club, because it is a fantastic place to play your football,” Buxton, who was voted the Wednesday Player of the Year last season by the club’s supporters, said.

His consistent displays at Championship level caught the eye of Forest manager Billy Davies, who made an approach to Buxton last week.

The popular defender rejected their advances, however. He is known to be settled in Sheffield, and his partner is expecting a child.

One player who looks increasingly unlikely to stay at Hillsborough next season, however, is striker Chris O’Grady.

At the time of writing, Barnsley had submitted a second bid, and expected a deal to be concluded “soon”.