Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray is keen to strengthen his first-team squad in the close season, and, as reported by the Sheffield Telegraph, has targeted the soon-to-be out-of-contract Andy Johnson as a key addition.
The former England international, who previously played for Birmingham City, Crystal Palace, Everton and Fulham, netted just two goals in 20 games during the 2013/14 Championship campaign, including the winner against the Owls on the opening day.
It may well be this lack of form, as well as a season-ending injury suffered in February, which has resulted in QPR not offering the striker a new deal as they prepare for their return to the Premier League.
It is believed that Wednesday attempted to sign Johnson on a temporary deal earlier this year, although Rangers boss Harry Redknapp preferred to keep the oft-injured striker at Loftus Road.
Despite Gray having not yet spoken to new club owner Hafiz Mammadov, he has reportedly been made aware that he will be given time to prove himself, which includes being judged on the players he recruits over the summer.
Johnson, who played eight times for his country between 2005 and 2007, would represent a shrewd move by Gray if brought in for free. Not only will Johnson add his talents to the Owls first-team, but his reputation in the top divisions of English football will prove that Wednesday plan on targeting promotion.
Despite not openly discussing transfer dealings with the media, Gray has admitted that he is also keen to bring Sam Hutchinson back to Hillsborough, with the defender having been released from Chelsea. The 24-year old spent a spell with the Owls last season, and Gray sees him as a very accessible signing.
If Gray intends to prove himself to Mammadov this summer, he should be looking to complete successful business in the transfer window, and highlighting Johnson as a key target will only bring faith from the ever-watchful boardroom.