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Garry Monk insists Sheffield Wednesday have had no approaches for current players despite claim about Sam Winnall and Sunderland

The Sheffield Wednesday manager Garry Monk insists that no approaches have been made for any of his current squad – including the Sunderland-linked striker Sam Winnall.

The Northern Echo reported on Wednesday that Sunderland have made contact with the Owls regarding Winnall’s availability.

But when asked about potential outgoings at Hillsborough – after the right-back Moses Odubajo was informed that he is free leave, according to The Star – Monk replied via the club’s official Facebook page: “On that side of it, for any player, you only have to consider stuff in terms of players going out when there’s actually something to consider.

Wednesday’s Moses Odubajo in action. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“We’ve had no approaches for our players whatsoever, there’s nothing to consider. And that goes for every single player.

“Again, those things (the Odubajo story) come out. I dunno where they really come from. Conversations between me and the players remain between me and the players.

“But, like any team, you only have something to consider when there is actually something in front of you. We’ve had no offers whatsoever or anything like that for our players in terms of outgoings.”

Wednesday sold Jordan Thorniley to Sunderland’s League One promotion rivals Blackpool last week and Monk said that remains the only approach received.

The 40-year-old did, however, accept that the Owls squad he inherited from Steve Bruce last summer, via Lee Bullen, does need evolution – something his staff are working on.

Wednesday’s Sam Winnall in action. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Monk is on course to lose the bulk of his squad, including Winnall, on free transfers this summer and it is likely that some of those could be available for fees this month.

Winnall is one of a succession of strikers in whom Sunderland have been credited with an interest, along with Liam Boyce and Kyle Lafferty this week.

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