Carlos Carvalhal responds when asked if Sheffield Wednesday can only make free signings; discusses selling individuals

Carlos Carvalhal, Manager of Sheffield Wednesday looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final 1st leg match between Huddersfield Town and Sheffield Wednesday at Galpharm...

Sheffield Wednesday have struggled in the transfer market so far.

Carlos Carvalhal gave a worrying response when asked if Sheffield Wednesday are only capable of making free signings at this moment in time.

Wednesday have found things tough going throughout the summer transfer window, with George Boyd the Owls' only new recruit having moved to Hillsborough after his Burnley contract expired.

Carlos Carvalhal of Sheffield Wednesday looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers at Hillsborough on February 23, 2016 in Sheffield,...Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal

But Carvalhal's side also tied up a pre-arranged permanent deal for January signing Jordan Rhodes for an undisclosed club-record fee, and the Portuguese has admitted Wednesday are close to the line regarding the Football League's financial fair play restrictions.

Speaking to BBC Radio Sheffield on Monday, he explained: "We are probably (on) the line (of FFP), which is why we achieve a player so far that is, George Boyd, it was a free player. And we try to find a free player.

"Also I’ve said since I arrived that if the chairman is happy to sell any player I never have a problem in any club to sell one player in the past. And in the club so far the chairman prefers to stay with the players - I am very happy about that.

"But one day if he needs to sell one player or another and we move to try to bring same quality or better quality, of course, it is our job, it is what we must do."

Wednesday are understood to have made bids for Cardiff defender Sean Morrison and Norwich midfielder Graham Dorrans, now of Glasgow Rangers, earlier this summer, which suggests there was money to spend at one stage.

Johan Djourou of Switzerland applauds supporters  during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group A match between Romania and Switzerland at Parc des Princes on June 15, 2016 in Paris, France.Free agent Johan Djourou is reportedly in talks over a move to Sheffield Wednesday

But another area in which the Owls have struggled during the off-season is their ability to offload unwanted under-contract players from Carvalhal's bloated squad, and it is possible they were expecting more movement on that front.

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