Garry Monk has dismissed talk of a January move to West Bromwich Albion for Steven Fletcher.
Fletcher has starred for Monk’s Sheffield Wednesday side this season, scoring 12 goals in total – including one against West Brom last month.
But the Scot’s absence from the Owls’ last three fixtures has sparked conspiracy theories about his future, with only six months remaining on his contract.
When asked, however, if Fletcher could indeed be West Brom bound, Monk told The Star: “100 per cent, no. That’s a conspiracy that needs to be put well away. He’s genuinely been ill.
“We’ve missed him as well, of course we have. A player in that type of form and scoring you goals, of course you’re going to miss that.
“But he’s been back out on the pitches and he’ll be back out in a Sheffield Wednesday shirt as soon as possible.”
Fletcher’s position is one in which Wednesday are expected to strengthen when the transfer window opens later this week.
Rhian Brewster, Jonson Clarke-Harris, Eddie Nketiah and Lyle Taylor – in whom West Brom have also been credited with an interest – are among the potential targets mentioned so far.
But Monk does not expect the Owls to be busy, and admitted that loan deals are likelier than permanent ones.
Speaking to The Star once more, he added: “We don’t have anything finalised in this moment but we do have certain targets that we’re going after.
“I think naturally, like most teams, you look at the attacking options.
“I think that’s what every team tries to do, the only time you try to strengthen defensively is if you’ve got injuries or if you’re short in certain areas.
“That’s what we’re looking for, strengthening the attacking areas of the pitch and to see if someone is available that can help and complement what we’ve already got.
“If that is there, we’ll look to do it.”