Garry Monk has been granted money to spend in the January transfer window and will soon add James Beattie to his Sheffield Wednesday staff after the former striker followed him out of Birmingham City, according to The Sun on Sunday (October 27, page 61).
Monk was sacked by Birmingham in June and took charge of Wednesday less than three months later – after the club’s summer business was concluded – and has led the Owls to fourth in the Championship.
It is claimed his reward will be funds with which to strengthen his squad ahead of a second-half assault on promotion and club ‘spies’ are said to have been tasked to find two or three new faces, preferably on loan.
Sheffield Wednesday have struggled in recent campaigns to comply with the English Football League’s profit and sustainability rules, but are thought to have made money on players in the past closed-season and also sold their Hillsborough Stadium to a separate company owned by the club’s chairman Dejphon Chansiri.
Beattie had initially remained at Birmingham despite the loss of Monk, whom he played with at Southampton and also coached under at Swansea City, Leeds United and Middlesbrough.
But the former Sheffield United player has long been tipped to reunite with the 40-year-old, having been removed from his contracted role at St Andrew’s.
And according to The Sun on Sunday, Beattie is no longer employed by Birmingham, freeing him up for a move to Sheffield Wednesday.