Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss seeks new recruits

Owls remain interested in bringing Lewis McGugan back to Hillsborough.
Owls remain interested in bringing Lewis McGugan back to Hillsborough.

Owls boss Stuart Gray is keen to strengthen his squad before they welcome Bolton Wanderers to Hillsborough on Saturday.

Despite capturing Chelsea teenager Lewis Baker on a youth loan deal last week, Gray says Sheffield Wednesday need more strength in depth to bolster their play-off challenge.

The Owls are currently on a three-match winning run in the Championship and lie ninth in the table. Given their impressive form and lofty league position, Gray hopes more players will be prepared to come out of their “comfort zone” and join the club’s top-six tilt.

He told The Star: “Hopefully someone will come in (before Bolton). We need to strengthen.”

One player who remains on the Owls’ January shopping list is Lewis McGugan. During a productive loan spell with Wednesday, he played seven times before returning to parent club Watford at the beginning of the month. Hornets boss Slavisa Jokanovic has stated McGugan is not part of his immediate plans.

It is understood Watford will consider offers for McGugan during the transfer window and that the Nottingham-born player would prefer to find a permanent home rather than leave Vicarage Road on a temporary basis again.

Chairman Milan Mandaric said: “Lewis is a good player. He’s on our target list.”

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With Sam Hutchinson having recovered from a knee injury and Giles Coke nearing a first-team comeback, Gray may let Paul Corry leave on loan. Speaking after their 2-0 win at his old club Nottingham Forest, Gray said they had received an inquiry for the young midfielder. Chesterfield and Scunthorpe are thought to be keeping close tabs on Corry.

Owls skipper Glenn Loovens has been selected in the Football League team of the week following their victory at Forest.

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