Sheffield Wednesday will redouble their efforts to bring in extra attacking reinforcements in the January transfer window after missing out on Royston Drenthe.
Dutch forward Drenthe, who returned to his parent club Reading last week after making 15 appearances in Owls colours, looks set to join a club in China this month.
Owls head coach Stuart Gray had hoped to extend Drenthe’s loan deal but the ex-Real Madrid star appears destined to be moving to the Far East.
Reading boss Steve Clarke said: “The club called him back from Sheffield Wednesday because there’s an opportunity for Royston to get another move. It’s progressing but until it actually happens it’s only speculation so we’ll have to wait and see.
“But it looks in all probability that he’ll be going somewhere else for the second half of the season. If it comes off then it will be permanent.”
Gray remains in dialogue with Watford over re-signing Lewis McGugan on a temporary basis. Having named a youthful looking bench at Manchester City, the Owls chief is acutely aware of the importance of increasing the options at his disposal.
“We know we need to strengthen,” he said. “We have identified players and hopefully Paul Aldridge and the chairman can sort out the deals to get those players in.”