Five free agents Sheffield Wednesday should be targeting in the summer transfer window

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce looks on before kick off during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers at Hillsborough Stadium on March 16,...

Sheffield Wednesday could be set for a busy summer under Steve Bruce.

As many as 13 players could leave Sheffield Wednesday at the end of their deals (either permanent on loan) this summer.

But unless Wednesday can cash in on some of those who are under contract, it is likely the Owls will have to patch up any holes with free (or loan) signings of their own - assuming they are not a Premier League club.

 

Even then, it remains to be seen whether Steve Bruce's side could afford any of the following names - who are, unlike some of the club's recent signings, all 26 or under - although there is no harm in trying...

Mike van der Hoorn (defender, 26, Swansea City)

Swansea City's Mike van der Hoorn applauds the fans at the final whistle  for the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Swansea City at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium...

The classy Dutchman would be an ideal replacement for Michael Hector should Wednesday fail to re-sign the Chelsea centre-back. Van der Hoorn's contract is said to contain a one-year extension in Swansea's favour, however the Welsh side's parachute payments are decreasing by the year and it may be in their best interests to let him go.

Jonas Knudsen (defender, 26, Ipswich Town)

Jonas Knudsen of Ipswich Town during the Pre Season Friendly between Milton Keynes Dons and Ipswich Town at StadiumMK on July 24, 2018 in Milton Keynes, England.

The Dane may be playing for the Championship's worst team this season, but he's an experienced (albeit still youthful enough) second-tier campaigner who scored or assisted eight goals last season, and an international for Denmark. If the Owls cannot extend the stay of Achraf Lazaar, Knudsen would be a decent alternative.  

Markus Henriksen (midfielder, 26, Hull City)

Hull City's Markus Henriksen ackowledges the fans following the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday at KCOM Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Hull, England.

Wednesday have long lacked a physical presence in central midfield, especially in Sam Hutchinson's absence, and Henriksen could help in that regard. The 6ft-plus Norway international also boasts an impressive record for goals and assists - another area in which the Owls' midfielders (Barry Bannan aside) have struggled of late.

Nick Powell (forward, 24, Wigan Athletic)

Nick Powell of Wigan Athletic during the Sky Bet Championship match between Stoke City and Wigan Athletic at Bet365 Stadium on August 22, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

Speaking of goals and assists from midfield, Powell has registered six of each in 24 games this season for a struggling Championship side. Bruce is said to have wanted to sign the player - whom he once took on loan to Hull City - in a £5 million deal whilst manager of Aston Villa last summer. What an upgrade he'd be on George Boyd.

Kadeem Harris (forward, 25, Cardiff City)

Kadeem Harris of Cardiff City in action during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Brighton & Hove Albion at the Cardiff City Stadium on November 10, 2018 in Cardiff, Wales.

Signing Rolando Aarons has arguably catalysed Wednesday's push for the top six. However, there are no guarantees the Newcastle United winger will return to Hillsborough next season and signing Harris - who was part of the Cardiff side promoted to the Premier League last season and has since appeared 12 times in England's top flight - would help to fill that void.

Which of the above would you like to see at Sheffield Wednesday this summer?

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