Report: Sheffield Wednesday plot audacious bid to sign Sporting's Ryan Gauld on loan

Scotland's Ryan Gauld (R) in action with Montenegro's Nikola Vujnovic

Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly hoping to land Ryan Gauld from Sporting.

Scotland's Ryan Gauld (R) in action with Montenegro's Nikola VujnovicScotland's Ryan Gauld (R) in action with Montenegro's Nikola Vujnovic

According to The Scottish Sun, Sheffield Wednesday are attempting to land Sporting playmaker Ryan Gauld on loan for the season.

The Owls will be in the market for new signings having lost out to Hull City in the Championship play-off final, and it seems that manager Carlos Carvalhal is ready to use his connections in his native Portugal to bring in a new arrival.

Dundee United's Ryan Gauld (R) in action with Motherwell's Keith Lasley

The Scottish Sun report that Wednesday are pushing to secure a loan deal for playmaker Ryan Gauld, who is currently playing for Portuguese giants Sporting.

Gauld, 20, was highly rated during his time at Dundee United, and even earned the nickname 'the Scottish Messi' thanks to his outstanding dribbling ability and impressive left foot.

It was Sporting who fended off huge interest to sign Gauld in the summer of 2014, but he's been placed in the Sporting B side ever since.

General view before the match

Whilst he has two goals in five games for the Sporting first team, Gauld has played 62 games for the Sporting B team, hitting eight goals - but it's clear that he now needs to be playing at a better level of football on a more regular basis.

The diminutive playmaker should have plenty of offers to come back to Britain on loan, and it's claimed that Wednesday are hoping to lure him to Hillsborough on a season-long loan deal.

Partick Thistle's Sean Welsh (R) in action with Dundee United's Ryan Gauld

The report adds that Sporting are ready to let Gauld go out on loan to play some games, and the physically demanding Championship could be a good experience for the youngster as he looks to live up to such a huge billing.

With another diminutive Scottish playmaker already at Wednesday in Barry Bannan, Gauld could head to the ideal environment at Wednesday, and Owls manager Carvalhal will now be hoping to seal a deal with the club he used to manage.

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