A look at what lies ahead for Sheffield Wednesday this summer.
Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal
Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal is expected to recruit a handful of quality players during the window to help boost their automatic promotion chances as they prepare for the 2017/18 league campaign.
Nearly a month into the summer transfer window, as ever, there have been many rumours and much speculation surrounding potential targets arriving at Hillsborough.
With this in mind, players that have been linked to the club since the window opened on the 1st July 2017 are as follows;
The Owls will be keen on tying up a centre-back sooner rather than later as it was confirmed earlier in the month that Vincent Sasso has signed for Portuguese outfit Belenenses on a two-year deal, subsequently leaving the Sheffield Wednesday squad short in numbers defensively.
Recent reports suggest that Carvalhal has been eyeing up numerous centre-backs as a possible replacement for Sasso, as well as adding further competition for the regular pairing of club captain Glenn Loovens and Tom Lees.
Carlos Carvalhal acted with no hesitation after he made the recruitment of centre-back his top priority.
Cardiff City’s Sean Morrison is a target
Sky Sports recently reported that Cardiff City had rejected a £3 million bid from Sheffield Wednesday for their captain Sean Morrison. An additional bid has yet to be confirmed.
The Owls have also expressed an interest in Newcastle’s Grant Hanley and Middlesbrough’s Daniel Ayala, according to the Sheffield Star.
With this in mind, it is more than likely that the Owls will be hopeful of two centre-backs arriving over the summer months to add strength and depth in this key position.
Newcastle United's Grant Hanley is an option
With Wednesday already suggesting they are willing to pay up to £3 million to get the ‘right’ man at centre-back, there is every possibility of another player arriving additionally on loan.
The Derby Telegraph has also indicated that the Rams captain Richard Keogh is also a target.
Other than a centre-back, Sheffield Wednesday have no other major worries defensively. Highly rated shot-stopper Kieran Westwood begins the Owls spine between the sticks and is one Carlos’ first names on the team sheet.
Fan favourite Sam Hutchinson is also an admirable and aggressive defensive-midfielder who can drop into the centre-back role if necessary.
The right and left back positions are primarily covered by Jack Hunt and Daniel Pudil with Liam Palmer and Morgan Fox acting as healthy competition for their counterparts.
A central-midfielder with an eye for goal and a speedy winger are also expected to be on Carvalhal’s wish list. With last season’s loan signings Will Buckley and Callum McManaman returning to their parent clubs, a path has been paved for a new wide man to be employed.
The Sun on Sunday (print edition, page 63, June 18th, 2017) suggested that Sheffield Wednesday are chasing Oliver Burke from Red Bull Leipzig on loan. Scotland international, Burke, is a right winger with plenty of pace and creativity.
Burnley's George Boyd could be a potential target for the Owls
Boyd; 31, would certainly fit the mould as he would follow the likes of Barry Bannan, Ross Wallace, Jordan Rhodes and Steven Fletcher as fellow Scots who have joined the S6 club.
Meanwhile, in central midfield, The Daily Mail also claim that Sheffield Wednesday are thought to be fighting over the signature of Norwich City attacking midfielder Graham Dorrans. A fee in the region of £1 million may be enough to see the Canaries number four make a switch.
More recently, it has been reported by Soccer Laduma that Wednesday have expressed an interest and are hopeful of signing Vitoria de Guimaraes midfielder Bongani Zungu.
However, it was claimed that Zungu was unlikely to receive a work permit, plus, the Owls may not be willing to bid near to his €3.5 million asking price.
Carlos Carvalhal will be optimistic of capturing a signature in the not too distant future as pre-season training is just around the corner and the Owls are yet to make any signing signings so far in this window.
With one of the best strike forces in the league, Sheffield Wednesday are unlikely to do any business in terms of goal-scorers, especially after Sam Winnall and Jordan Rhodes arrived last January to make up the numbers.
If anything, fringe players such as Lucas Joao or Adthe Nuhiu may exit the club either on loan or permanently if the correct sum of money is laid on the table.
It seems the Owls are simply a couple of high quality players short of becoming promotion candidates next season having suffered defeat two years running at the playoff stages.
Carlos Carvalhal has until the 31st August to complete his business.