Sheffield Wednesday: Owls ready to bide their time in the transfer market

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray

Sheffield Wednesday may have to play a game of patience to snare their top transfer targets next month, admits Owls head coach Stuart Gray.

It is no secret Gray is seeking to reshape his Wednesday squad when the transfer window reopens on January 1, with a striker at the top of his wish list.

But, speaking ahead of tonight’s trip to Wigan Athletic, Gray has revealed the Owls are “more likely” to be looking at temporary deals, rather than permanent transfers.

“It is more likely we will be (looking) in the loan market than permanent unless it’s a free transfer or taking a player who is out of contract,” he told The Star. “History shows that not much business is done in the early part of the window unless it’s transfer fees and players are getting bought.

“I think loan signings will be the second or third week. Managers and clubs will be keeping one eye on their fixtures and what they need as well.”

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Gray, who hopes Glenn Loovens (hamstring) and Lewis McGugan (illness) will be passed fit to face Wigan, is a big admirer of Chesterfield striker Eoin Doyle, who has notched 21 goals in 25 appearances this season. It is understood the Spireites will only entertain offers in the region of £1m for Doyle, meaning Wednesday are unlikely to be in contention for his signature.

“He’s scoring goals on a regular basis; those type of players are always going to be on the radar,” said Gray, who has received tentative inquiries from clubs regarding the possibility of signing Chris Kirkland on loan.

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