Jordan Rhodes is looking increasingly unlikely to join Norwich City on a permanent basis, according to the Canaries’ sporting director, Stuart Webber, which may see the Owls turn to other members of their squad in search of a quick buck.
But who else could find themselves on the market this summer (discounting those the club would perhaps rather keep, such as Barry Bannan, Adam Reach and Fernando Forestieri)?
We at SWN take a look below…
The 23-year-old did little wrong after stepping in for Keiren Westwood midway through the 2017/18 season, but lost what must have been a close battle with Cameron Dawson the following campaign. With Westwood set to have his contract extended (either with or without the Irishman’s consent) and Dawson a firm second choice under Steve Bruce, Wildsmith’s Hillsborough prospects don’t look any brighter. There’s bound to be takers at Championship and League One level.
Left-back is one of the areas in which Wednesday are expected to strengthen this summer, having seen Achraf Lazaar return to Newcastle United at the end of his loan spell. And that’s not good news for Fox, who was at times behind Liam Palmer, a natural right-back, in Bruce’s plans this past season. With Matt Penney fit again, the Welshman is likely to find himself surplus to requirements. The epitome of steady, he’d surely tempt Championship and League One clubs.
Joost van Aken
With one, maybe two, new centre-backs on Bruce’s agenda as the Owls boss seeks to replace Michael Hector, Van Aken is on course to remain a superfluous member of the squad. The Dutchman has barely played any senior football in the past 18 months and failed to impress when he did, although according to reports in January he has retained some admirers back home. Perhaps one or two there will be in generous mood?
Again, a player who could find himself upgraded fairly soon, having seen his minutes decrease significantly under Bruce’s management. For all his hard work and desire, Pelupessy has yet to master the pace of England’s second tier and a return to his native Netherlands would work for all parties – provided, of course, there’s interest in the midfielder.
Although the season just passed may have been his best for Wednesday, one can’t help but feel it still could have gone better for the Portuguese striker. And as much as he’s an asset worth keeping, Joao is arguably the most saleable player the Owls can afford to lose. It’s been claimed the club want £8 million to part with the 25-year-old, and they should bite off the hands of anyone who comes close.
While he might not be everyone’s cup of tea, five Wednesday managers have now seen Nuhiu’s worth – even if that’s only as an impact sub. The six-foot-four-inch Kosovo striker is almost unique at Championship level, and his record as a starter is sure to spark interest were the Owls to want to sell.
Winnall looked on course to make Wednesday a healthy profit before he was struck by a serious knee injury while on loan at Derby County 16 months ago. And that misfortune has seen him slip towards the bottom of the pile of Hillsborough strikers – of which there are still six despite the release of Gary Hooper. The Owls would surely welcome a sale, although that requires another Championship (or even League One) club gambling on a half-fit player who reportedly earns close to £20,000 a week.