Sheffield Wednesday: Ambitious Owls chase three new recruits

Newcastle's Mike Williamson
Newcastle's Mike Williamson

Sheffield Wednesday are seeking to significantly strengthen the spine of their team in the January transfer window.

A centre-half, defensive midfielder and versatile attacker are thought to be on the Owls’ wishlist as they look to boost their promotion aspirations.

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal

Owls head coach Carlos Carvalhal

The Championship club missed out on luring Reading striker Nick Blackman to Hillsborough. Wednesday had a seven-figure bid accepted for the former Sheffield United player and held talks with him yesterday.

But Blackman, who has been the Royals’ stand-out performer, hitting 13 goals this season, has agreed to join title-chasing Derby County in a deal believed to be worth up to £3m.

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Owls target Nick Blackman (left)

Owls target Nick Blackman (left)

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The paperwork was finalised last night and the transfer was confirmed today.

Nick Blackman

Nick Blackman

Blackman, who can be utilised on either flank or up front, is set to pen a three-and-a-half-year deal at Derby.

His snub is a big blow to the Owls, who also had an offer knocked back for Brentford’s talented forward Alan Judge on Monday.

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After falling short of the Bees’ valuation for the the 27-year-old, it remains to be seen whether the Owls will table an improved bid for the former Blackburn Rovers player. Judge, who is also attracting the interest of Burnley, has netted 10 goals and bagged seven assists this term.

Another player rumoured to be on Wednesday’s radar is Newcastle defender Mike Williamson but head coach Carlos Carvalhal has stressed he will only bring in players who will make the team better.

“We are not planning to move too many things in the squad,” he said. “If we bring in someone, it will be to improve the team.”

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