Report: Club vetoed late January deal for 12-goal Owls and Forest target Sydney van Hooijdonk
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Report: Club vetoed late January deal for 12-goal Owls and Forest target Sydney van Hooijdonk

According to Sabah, Besiktas performed a U-turn late in the January transfer window by backing out of a deal for reported Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest target Sydney van Hooijdonk.

The NAC Breda striker is the son of former Forest hero Pierre van Hooijdonk.

This season he tops the Dutch second division club’s scoring charts, posting 12 goals and two assists as NAC Breda chase promotion to the Dutch Eredivisie.

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Van Hooijdonk’s form attracted plenty of interest during the January transfer window.


According to Sky Sports transfer centre (Dec 5, 2020 at 18:06), Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Swansea City are all keen on the 21-year-old striker.

But the club who pushed hardest for his signature in January was Besiktas.

Turkish editorial Sabah say a deal was all-but done for van Hooijdonk. However, the club pulled out at the last minute after consulting the coaching staff who did not approve.

Besiktas instead strengthened with the arrival of Cenk Tosun from Everton.

The development gives both Forest and the Owls another chance this coming summer.

Forest may be drawn to the player due to their history with his father. Pierre van Hooijdonk was a popular figure at the City Ground and Sydney has the potential to emulate him.

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The Owls, meanwhile, must make a new striker a top priority this summer.

Wednesday have struggled to fill the void left by Steven Fletcher. Summer signing Callum Paterson has struggled with injuries, while Josh Windass is better in a deeper role.

Jordan Rhodes is out of contract this summer, while Jack Marriott will return to Derby County once his disappointing injury-hit loan spell at Hillsborough comes to an end.

Also see: £2m ace Wednesday wanted in January in line for full debut against Owls at Hillsborough

Also see: SWN view: Owls confirm deal which could save them seven-figure fee this summer

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