Sheffield Wednesday: Owls hunt for new striker

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray

Sheffield Wednesday are continuing to draw up a shortlist of summer transfer targets - with a new striker understood to be at the top of their wish-list.

Head coach Stuart Gray is searching for a 20-goal forward in preparation for next season’s Championship campaign.

Goal-scoring was a big problem for the Owls last season. Only the bottom three clubs; Blackpool, Wigan Athletic and Millwall found the back of the net fewer times than Gray’s men.

Despite possessing Atdhe Nuhiu, Caolan Lavery, Sergiu Bus and Stevie May, Wednesday’s hierarchy are seeking to increase competition for places in the final third.

Gray, who sits alongside Glenn Roeder, Paul Senior and Jonathan Hill as part of a new management structure at Hillsborough, is a big admirer of Manchester United player Will Keane. The 22-year-old registered three goals in 13 appearances during a loan spell at the club last season. It is not beyond the realms of possibilty the Owls may resurrect their interest in Keane over the summer.

Wednesday were also linked with Jamie Ward earlier this month but the Northern Ireland international is on the brink of moving to Nottingham Forest.

With Keane having returned to Old Trafford and Gary Madine being released, a striker is at the top of the Owls’ priority list.