Report: Owls and Forest rival Championship club for Sydney van Hooijdonk
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Report: Owls and Forest rival Championship club for Sydney van Hooijdonk

According to Sky Sports transfer centre (Dec 5, 2020 at 18:06), Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Swansea City are all eyeing a deal for Sydney van Hooijdonk.

The 20-year-old striker is the son of former Forest man Pierre van Hooijdonk.

Sydney van Hooijdonk is currently at NAC Breda. He has notched eight goals and two assists in 12 outings as NAC Breda target promotion from the Dutch second division.

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His form is attracting plenty of attention ahead of the January transfer window.


And his father has long suspected a move abroad was on the cards. Speaking back in 2017, Pierre van Hooijdonk told the Scottish Sun of Sydney’s potential.

“Sydney is doing well, he’s scored a few goals and hopefully he can progress. His technique with free-kicks is exactly the same as mine and it’s funny to watch him, as he’s been working on that since he was a young boy. There is a long way to go, he’s still young, but he does have talent. I always believe it’s better to be really good at one or two things, instead of being okay at everything. You need to have something special in your locker to make you stand out – and he’s doing very well just now.”

Wednesday, now under the guidance of Tony Pulis, need extra fire-power up top.

The Owls are among the lowest scorers in the Championship. They missed out on several summer targets, while injured loan striker Jack Marriott is currently back at Derby County.

Pulis has bemoaned his lack of options out wide and upfront. The Welshman has vowed to address it in January, and Van Hooijdonk could be a sound option.

The NAC Breda striker stands at 6ft 2inch. He is strong on the ball, good in the air and provides a focal point upfront. He seems ideal for the way Pulis wants to play.

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Forest and Swansea, however, may provide stern competition for his signature.

The Reds are also in trouble at the bottom of the Championship. Swansea, meanwhile, may be looking for extra fire power as they look to mount a promotion charge.

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