Sheffield Wednesday look set to miss out on the West Bromwich Albion forward Jonathan Leko, who was heading for a medical at Birmingham City earlier, according to The Daily Mail.
Both Wednesday and Birmingham are said to have had offers of around £1 million accepted by West Brom.
But it’ll be back to the drawing board for the Owls’ recruitment team, if Leko moves to St Andrew’s.
Having played on both flanks as well as at centre-forward so far in his young career, Leko would have been a useful addition to Garry Monk’s team, who have lost Jacob Murphy and all but one of their strikers since the end of last season.
But to whom could Wednesday turn instead of the 21-year-old?
Here are three potential options for the Owls…
Jack Clarke (Tottenham Hotspur)
Clarke cost Tottenham around £10 million from Leeds United last summer, but spent the following season struggling for minutes while on loan to Leeds and Queens Park Rangers. The 19-year-old had previously shone for the Whites’ first team, for whom he scored or made four goals in his first 22 Championship appearances, and would be a natural replacement for Murphy down the Wednesday right. Spurs are unlikely to want to sell Clarke without a healthy return on their investment – something the Owls, surely, could not afford – although another loan seems possible. His connection to Garry Monk, who was the Leeds head coach when Clarke was impressing at youth-team level, could work in Wednesday’s favour if so.
Xande Silva (West Ham United)
Silva has scored 10 goals and assisted two in 12 games for West Ham’s Under-23s, but is waiting to add to his pair of outings for the Hammers’ first-team – neither of which were made under the club’s current manager, David Moyes. Having entered the final year of his contract at the London Stadium, West Ham may be open to offers for Silva this summer. The 23-year-old does not have Leko’s Championship-level experience, although he did play 26 times for previous club Vitoria Guimaraes in the Portuguese top-flight, before his £1.35m move to West Ham. Like Leko, Silva is equally comfortable on the right-hand flank as he is at centre-forward.
Andre Green (Unattached)
Green announced his departure from Aston Villa on Thursday, after 15 years on the Villans’ books. The 22-year-old played 49 times for his boyhood club, but failed to earn a new deal. He spent last season on loan to Preston North End and Charlton Athletic, for whom he scored three goals and assisted one in 20 games, combined. A new permanent home could be just what Green needs to get his career back on track, having once been tipped for Aston Villa stardom. Wednesday’s newly-adopted strategy of targeting young, hungry and inexpensive recruits makes Green, seemingly, ideal.