Sheffield Wednesday could face competition from an unlikely source in their alleged pursuit of the Crystal Palace striker Connor Wickham.

Wednesday have been strongly linked with a loan move for Wickham, who is one of four centre-forwards on Crystal Palace’s books.

Other Championship clubs, such as Bristol City and Nottingham Forest, have also been credited with an interest, as well as Watford of the Premier League.

But according to Girondinfos, a Twitter account ‘dedicated to exclusive and verified information’ relating to Girondins de Bordeaux, the French side too are considering a move for Wickham.

Given the option, a return to Hillsborough – where the 26-year-old enjoyed two successful loan spells – may be favoured by the player, whose partner’s family are understood to be Wednesday supporters.

But Bordeaux’s resources – should they decide to pursue a deal for Wickham – could ensure that choice does not ever materialise.

The Crystal Palace striker Wickham. (Photo by Richard Calver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Speaking via the official Sheffield Wednesday Facebook account on Thursday, the Owls manager Garry  Monk expressed hope that he will soon be able to add to his first-team squad.

“We’re down the line with a few situations,” he said.

“Nothing concrete, nothing signed and sealed, but hopeful that can happen as soon as possible.”

Bordeaux are managed by the former Championship boss Paulo Sousa and employ the London-born striker Josh Maja.

Maja joined Sunderland’s youth set-up in 2015 – the same summer that Wickham left for Crystal Palace in a £9 million deal.

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