The January transfer window shuts in little more than a week’s time, and not a single new player has come in or out of Sheffield Wednesday so far.

Given the Owls’ financial predicament, it is logical that players may have to leave before new ones arrive.

But who are the most likely candidates to depart? Sheffield Wednesday News has assessed the situation as it stands…

Joost van Aken

The Sheffield Wednesday defender, Joost van Aken (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Fit again following around a year (on-and-off) on the sidelines, Van Aken is still not getting much of a look-in. The Dutch defender has been named in a matchday squad just once in eight games following Jos Luhukay’s departure, with Tom Lees, Michael Hector and Jordan Thorniley firmly ahead of him in the Hillsborough pecking order. Jaap Stam’s PEC Zwolle are reportedly interested in Van Aken, although they have already signed one new centre-half this month in Yuta Nakayama.

Another Wednesday stopper, Daniel Pudil, may also fear for his future, with his contract due to expire in June.

Almen Abdi

The Sheffield Wednesday midfielder, Almen Abdi (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

The elusive Swiss made a surprise return to Sheffield Wednesday’s Under-23s last week, after which he was promised a clean slate by the Owls’ interim manager, Steve Agnew. But with no sign of an immediate first-team comeback and a salary thought to be among the highest at Hillsborough, Abdi could be allowed to leave if an offer comes in. The difficulty, however, will be finding a buyer (or even a club to cover part of his wages).

Adam Reach

The Sheffield Wednesday winger, Adam Reach (Photo by James Williamson – AMA/Getty Images)

Agnew has already insisted that Wednesday see no benefit to selling their best players. He is not, however, in charge of the club’s finances, and cashing in on Reach (who is likely to be worth eight figures in the current market) could go a long way towards avoiding a recurrence of last summer’s transfer embargo. With relegation now only a distant fear, the Owls would be wise to take any offer that matches their valuation.

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