Gray confirms Sheffield Wednesday want to extend Drenthe's and McGugan's stays

Sheffield Wednesday will ask Reading and Watford about the possibility of extending Royston Drenthe and Lewis McGugan's loan deals.

Stuart Gray has confirmed his interest in signing Royston Drenthe and Lewis McGugan on longer deals should the opportunity arise. 

Drenthe and McGugan are both on loan spells at Sheffield Wednesday, from Reading and Watford respectively, and they have clearly done enough to impress Gray during their time at Hillsborough so far.

The on-loan duo are two of the Owls' major attacking influences and Gray is hoping that he can start to make long-term plans which involve them both in the team. 

At the moment, both Drenthe and McGugan are due to return to their parent clubs in January, but Wednesday will be doing their utmost to make their stays longer. 

“Would I like him [McGugan] to stay at Sheffield Wednesday? Absolutely," Gray admitted to the Sheffield Star

“If Lewis does become available, I’m sure it won’t just be Sheffield Wednesday who will be interested."

McGugan appears to have little future at Watford and it should be a relatively straight forward task to tie him down providing Wednesday can beat the competition.

Doing so with Drenthe may be harder. The winger has knuckled down and shown his talent in the Championship so far this season and it may have convinced the Royals that he could still perform a function for the side.

Although Drenthe appeared to fall out with the previous regime at the Madejski Stadium, they have now changed managers and Gray believes Steve Clarke will want to assess the former Real Madrid man before letting him leave again. 

“It all depends on the new manager Steve Clarke and whether he’ll want to have a close look at Royston before deciding what to do,” he said.

“I’ve not spoken to Reading since Steve came in but I’ve had a conversation in the past with their director of football Nicky Hammond about keeping Royston for longer.

“Steve might want all his players in the building first but we’ll just have to wait and see."

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