Sheffield Wednesday boss Danny Röhl has insisted that Ipswich Town will 'have to invest' if they want to sign experienced wide man Marvin Johnson.

We revealed earlier this month that the Blues would not be prepared to pay any more than a nominal fee for a player who recently turned 33.

The Sheffield Star have since reported that Town have 'launched an audacious attempt to take Johnson for an up-front payment of nothing.'

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But Röhl says that the Blues will get nowhere with that approach.

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Röhl told The Star: "They are still in conversation, but it is clear from my side. Honestly, to release such a player would be hard.

"We want to keep him, but for sure it depends. Everybody must now that he is a starter for our side, it is about good performance. You cannot come to Wednesday and bring nothing.

"If you want such a player then it means you have to invest. This is a clear message from our side that if a club want to take one of our starters then you cannot ask to do it for free. We will see what happens in the end."

Johnson, who can play as a left back or on the left wing, has scored three goals in 15 games so far this season, and has been one of the Owls' best players in recent weeks.

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That's in stark contrast to the start of the season, where he was frozen out under then-boss Xisco Munoz and was training on his own at one point.

Röhl added: "All in all, if Marvin is still part of our team and if he is still here then he will go again. He knows that a few weeks ago he was far away.

"I took him, I gave him self-confidence and we are very honest with each other. He is very thankful that I gave him the opportunity to come back and sometimes it is also important to have this relationship."