Is this the first deal Sheffield Wednesday should do this summer?

Sheffield Wednesday should be looking to ensure that Lewis McGugan stays with them permanently now that they have the funds to push through a transfer.

With Sheffield Wednesday seemingly readying themselves to be extremely active in the summer transfer window, they should make Lewis McGugan's permanent addition their number one priority.

The Owls have funds to spend following a takeover by wealthy Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri and appear to have realistic ambitions of making it into the Premier League.

Stuart Gray has already stated his desire to start shopping in a different market and the reports in the Daily Star that they are lining up a £12 million offer for Jordan Rhodes suggest that they have plenty of cash to splash.

The temptation, therefore, will be to spend lavish amounts on high profile players from across the Championship, but they must remember what they currently have.

In McGugan, Wednesday appear to have struck gold. The central midfielder has joined on loan from Watford and his performances have shown exactly why the Owls need to ensure that his deal is made permanent.

The 26-year-old has brought creativity and composure to their midfield ranks and should become even more influential as he settles at Hillsborough.

McGugan has already proven himself to be one of the most dangerous players outside the Premier League on his day, and with more quality around him he should thrive.

The former Nottingham Forest man is a match-winner and Gray would be wise to start planning to build his team around McGugan's talents.

His arrival may not cause quite the excitement of a player like Rhodes, but he could be equally as important and Wednesday should already be starting to make moves to ensure that they tie him down on a long-term deal in the summer.

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