18 months since Sheffield Wednesday's interest, Adlene Guedioura is nowhere near Middlesbrough's team

Senegal's forward Pape Moussa Konate (L) challenges Algeria's midfielder Adlene Guedioura during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations group B football match between Senegal and Algeria in...

Could the Middlesbrough midfielder fix Sheffield Wednesday's problem position?

Sheffield Wednesday's opening day defeat to Preston has only increased the need for reinforcements at Hillsborough.

And while a new centre-half is an obvious must, many Owls fans are craving a presence in midfield just as badly.

One player who could fit the bill is Middlesbrough's Adlene Guedioura, who allegedly turned down a move to Wednesday in 2016 (Tout Sur l'Algerie), when on the books of Premier League Watford.

But might he change his mind this time? HITC Sport takes a look...

Adlene Guedioura of Middlesbrough and Ramiro Funes Mori of Everton compete for the ball during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Everton at Riverside Stadium on February...Adlene Guedioura of Middlesbrough (left)

What's his situation?

Signed by his predecessor Aitor Karanka in January, new Middlesbrough boss Garry Monk does not seem to fancy Guedioura, who was nowhere near his first competitive 18 and has been training with the Under-23s (Teesside Gazette). Marten de Roon, Adam Forshaw, Jonny Howson, Adam Clayton and Grant Leadbitter are all currently ahead of the Algerian, who still has two years left on his contract on Teesside.

What would he bring to Wednesday?

A player who has dominated many an Owls midfield while playing for other clubs - notably Nottingham Forest - Guedioura would first and foremost add steel to Carvalhal's engine room - something which is sorely missed whenever Sam Hutchinson isn't around. In addition, the 31-year-old is extremely well-built - despite standing just short of six feet tall - and boasts an equally powerful shot.

Any obstacles?

Middlesbrough may feel apprehensive about selling to a promotion rival, especially after Wednesday rebuffed their attempts to sign Keiren Westwood earlier this summer, while the Owls are, by their own manager's admission, are already 'on the line' in relation to the Football League's financial fair play restrictions. Also, De Roon continues to be linked with a move away from the Riverside, and - while unlikely - his exit could put Guedioura back in Monk's plans.

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