Parma's ex-Fulham striker rejects Sheffield Wednesday

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Striker Stefano Okaka appears to have turned down the chance to join Sheffield Wednesday until the end of the season.

Former Roma striker Stefano Okaka has refused an offer to play for Championship side Sheffield Wednesday, according to Italian press reports.

The 24-year-old is currently at Parma but doesn't feature in coach Roberto Donadoni's immediate plans.

Okaka was highly rated as a youngster and when he was playing for Roma and the Italy Under-21 side many thought he was destined for the very top of the game.

But Roma loaned Okaka out on five occasions before eventually agreeing to sell him to Parma where he has only made two appearances and spent last season on loan to Spezia.

Another loan deal looks to be a logical solution for Okaka, but it seems that it won't be in Sheffield.

According to Sportmediaset, the Umbria native who has NIgerian parents, was the subject of an offer worth just over £100,000 to spend the rest of the season with Sheffield Wednesday but he declined.

Several Serie B sides are now said to be in the running for Okaka, including Brescia and Modena.

Okaka has played in England before, having been loaned out to Fulham in February 2010.

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