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Derby’s reported financial situation could give Owls advantage in race to sign £2m ace

According to a recent report by Footnews.be, Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County are interested in signing Standard Liege attacker Aleksandar Boljevic this month.

The 21-cap Montenegro international is out of favour at Standard.

The report claims the Belgian club are seeking a £2 million fee for his signature.

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Both Wednesday and Derby have struggled for form this season. A combined 30 goals between them, which is less than Preston North End have posted, illustrates their woes.

January represents a good opportunity to add some much-needed quality at both clubs.

The Owls have already signed Andre Green on a free transfer following his release from Aston Villa last summer, but one or two more would be most welcome at Hillsborough.

Derby, meanwhile, have yet to add to their squad this month.

The prospective takeover has now dragged on since November, and Derby’s financial situation has come to the fore of late after failing to pay their players’ wages.

Wayne Rooney has been appointed new manager and results have improved. However, the former England striker recently admitted he is unaware of where Derby’s takeover stands.

The Rams, if anything, may end up selling this month rather than buying.

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Derby’s situation gives the Owls an advantage when it comes to Boljevic, and if Wednesday are serious in their interest then the time is now to step up their intentions.

Boljevic can operate both out wide and through the middle behind a striker. He has plenty of experience, having previously been on the books of PSV Eindhoven.

Wednesday’s Championship rivals down the bottom have all picked up of late. The Owls need to maintain their momentum and adding to the squad is a must before the window shuts.

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