Carlos Carvalhal has hinted that Sheffield Wednesday may look to make Aiden McGeady's move permanent, after the Everton winger joined the Owls on loan until the end of the season, the Sheffield Star reports.
The 29-year-old completed his temporary switch to Hillsborough on transfer deadline day (via BBC Sport), but Carvalhal admitted that he could look to keep him at the club for a longer spell if he performs well over the coming months.
Asked if a permanent move may be possible in the future, Carvalhal responded to the Star: "It depends on how Aiden adapts and settles in. We must then consider the business side.
"Like we have done with other players, we will see how Aiden does and then afterwards take these kind of decisions."
Using the loan market can be extremely useful for sides that boast small budgets, but it can also result in a team struggling to find consistency as their squad personnel will frequently change as the season progresses.
However, since Carvalhal arrived, Wednesday have arguably used the loan market impeccably to strengthen their chances of securing promotion to the Premier League.
Both Gary Hooper and Jack Hunt have been rewarded for their fine form during their loan spells by seeing their moves made permanent, while Daniel Pudil has been linked with having his deal follow a similar path (via Star).
The club's willingness to fight to keep those who perform well will not only ensure that the squad maintains that consistency, but it will also mean that those who join the Owls having struggled for game-time with their parent side - like McGeady, who has made just one appearance for the Toffees this season - move to Hillsborough with plenty of motivation to earn a permanent move to a club willing to give them the amount of football they were hoping for.