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SWN view: Owls must rival Forest and Stoke City for free agent Jack Byrne

The January transfer window is just around the corner now and Sheffield Wednesday must look at rivalling Nottingham Forest and Stoke City for free agent Jack Byrne.

The Owls are currently 23rd in the Championship table.

The points deduction at the beginning of the season hasn’t helped, but regardless the Owls were in for a tough campaign due to a lack of quality options in the final third.

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Tony Pulis, who replaced Garry Monk in November, has recorded just one win in nine attempts and the Welshman has gone on record seeking January reinforcements.

A new striker should be a top priority. However, the Owls also need more creativity from out wide while an attack-minded central midfielder would also be welcome.

Wednesday’s finances have been widely discussed of late. If money is limited at Hillsborough, then Pulis must target the best free agents around in January.

Jack Byrne, out of contract with Shamrock Rovers, falls into that category.

According to Protathlima in Cyprus, APOEL Nicosia are keen while Championship trio Nottingham Forest, Preston North End and Stoke City are also interested.

Byrne was once on the books of Manchester City and boasts plenty of potential. In 25 league games this past year, he has posted ten goals and eight assists.

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Predominantly a number 10, the 24-year-old can also operate from deep or out wide.

Forest certainly aren’t shy of signing a player or two while Stoke may look at January as an ideal opportunity to add to what is looking like a potential playoff push.

But the Owls could be a better bet for Byrne as the Republic of Ireland international would be all-but guaranteed a regular first-team spot at Hillsborough.

Also see: Report: Owls in talks to sign player Forest man likened to £15m top-flight ace

Also see: Report: Owls and QPR eye bargain January deal for international with expiring contract

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