Transfers: Three big name strikers for Sheffield Wednesday to sign

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A look at three potential strikers Sheffield Wednesday could sign this January.

Sheffield Wednesday were one of the more active clubs in the summer transfer window, and after a positive start to the season, they are likely to push on this January.

Manager Carlos Carvalhal has proven so far a quality replacement for Stuart Gray, but he nor the club are yet to solve the problem of finding a prolific scorer, with loanee Gary Hooper so far failing to excite.

Here are three options for the club to consider in the transfer window, one permanent, one loan, and one free transfer...

Permanent: Jordan Rhodes

Scottish international Jordan Rhodes has been one of the Championship's most consistent strikers for four seasons now, and remains with Blackburn Rovers, who are 10 places behind Sheffield Wednesday and already look out of the play-off picture.

If the Owls are ambitious and want to win promotion, they should splash out for Rhodes - but Blackburn are likely to demand more than £10 million for the forward.

Loan: Patrick Bamford

Patrick Bamford is the reigning Championship Player of the Year after scoring 15 goals on loan at Middlesbrough last season. He remains with Chelsea, and has been on loan at Crystal Palace, but recently declared his intention to end his unproductive spell at the club, putting both Premier League and Championship sides on alert.

Wednesday are very much outsiders to clinch his signature, but Bamford could be the difference between promotion and a near miss, if they can manage to sign him.

Free: Emmanuel Adebayor

What Sheffield Wednesday would save by signing Adebayor on a free transfer, they would spend on his expensive wages, and there is an element of risk with this move more than the others.

Formerly of Real Madrid, Monaco, Manchester City, and Arsenal, Adebayor has a fantastic CV and can be unplayable on his day at even the top level, but he has not played a competitive game for almost 12 months, and if he is not up for getting stuck in at Championship level then the move could quickly turn sour.

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