Wednesday make Hutchinson bid

Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray has confirmed making an offer to sign Sam Hutchinson after his release by Chelsea.

The 24-year-old is leaving Stamford Bridge on a free transfer after finishing last season on loan with Wednesday.

He made 10 appearances, and was sent off twice, during his time with the Championship club and he is wanted back at Hillsborough on a permanent basis.

Hutchinson, who was forced to retire earlier in his career due to a knee injury before making a comeback, has been linked with several clubs and Gray is waiting to see if he can secure the utility man.

Gray told The Star: "Sam is available on a free. An offer has gone in for him. I think he's away on holiday with his family at the moment. The club are talking with his agent. I am keen to re-sign Sam.

"Any of the loan players we have taken have never been in anybody's first team, so I've had to bring them here and get them up to speed and match fit.

"It can backfire on you sometimes. We've put Wickham, Fryatt and even Barkley and Hutchinson into the shop window. It opens the door for other people.

"Any of the lads we have brought here, we've looked after them. We've done it right. I think they appreciate what we have done for them. Maybe the player will have some loyalty to the club; I don't know if the agents do."