Sheffield Wednesday: Owls slap price tag on Stevie May as own striker hunt continues

Barry Bannan joined the Owls yesterday on a free transfer from Crystal Palace
Barry Bannan joined the Owls yesterday on a free transfer from Crystal Palace

Sheffield Wednesday will demand £2million from any club hoping to sign striker Stevie May on a permanent deal, the Star understands.

The Owls have opened the door for striker May to leave the club before today’s 6pm transfer deadline, either on loan or a permanent deal.

Preston North End are known to be interested in signing the Scotland international while Rotherham United are continually linked, though boss Steve Evans denied the Millers would be able to afford a deal.

Head coach Carlos Carvalhal confirmed there was some interest in players that had been made available for loan.

But he insisted moves would only be allowed if he was satisfied of having secured enough cover in the position.

He said: “There are some clubs interested in our players and some of our players are interested in playing every week.

“I understand this because I played football and all players want to play.

“It’s possible some players will move in this window so they can play, and will probably be back in January.

“We cannot give 100 per cent permission to some players until we contract players to certain positions.”

The Owls yesterday secured a permanent deal for Scotland international centre midfielder Barry Bannan.

The 25-year-0ld moved from Crystal Palace on a free transfer and signed a one-year deal with Wednesday, becoming the 15th signing of the summer.

Attention will today shift to signing a striker ahead of the closing of the summer transfer window.

Fulham – who rejected a £10million bid from Wednesday for Ross McCormack at the weekend – are reportedly set to rival the Owls in the chase to sign Norwich City’s Gary Hooper on loan.

Wednesday are likely to test the resolve of Watford over Matej Vydra with the Hornets happy to sell for the right price.

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