Lee Bullen has revealed that Sheffield Wednesday are ‘speaking to people’ with a view to adding to their squad before next week’s transfer deadline.
Wednesday have recruited three new players since the end of last season but Bullen, who remains in temporary charge of the Owls, is hopeful of bringing in ‘one or two more’.
Asked about potential signings at Friday morning’s pre-Reading press conference, the former Hillsborough captain told the club’s official Facebook page: “We’ve been working hard all pre-season on areas that maybe we feel need a little bit of strengthening.
“What I can tell you is that the chairman’s been very positive in, sort of, what we’ve looked at and areas that we feel need adding to.
“So we are speaking to people, we are hopeful that before the window closes next Thursday we’ll have another one or two new additions.”
Bullen, who wants to begin the recycling of Sheffield Wednesday’s squad with younger recruits, does not expect any new faces to arrive before Saturday’s opening Championship fixture.
And the 48-year-old insisted that any who do will not be involved at the Madejski Stadium, anyway.
He does, however, expect things to heat up ‘in both directions’ after the weekend.
Asked if there’s a chance that Michael Hector could return to Hillsborough after a successful spell on loan with the Owls last season, in which he was crowned player of the year, Bullen replied: “I think there’s a chance.
“Michael loved his time here. But we’re also mindful of financial aspects of every sort of deal that we’re looking at.
“He’s well-liked here by supporters. But, obviously, he’s coming from a mega club in Chelsea, who have a valuation on their players.
“If we can fit that into what we’re doing then I’m sure it’s something that the chairman will look at.
“If it’s something that’s financially not right for the club, then we’ll have to look at other opportunities.”
Bullen revealed earlier this week that, in his opinion, another centre-back, central midfielder and winger are still required at Sheffield Wednesday – along with, potentially, a goalkeeper to cover the injury to Joe Wildsmith.