SHEFFIELD Wednesday have tried for seven different strikers in less than a fortnight as they bid to make one more signing before the August 31 deadline.
They were already in the market before new centre forward Chris O’Grady suffered a recurrence of his heel injury at Bury but the need is even greater with the news that he could be out for weeks.
Manager Gary Megson has not put a clear estimate on the length of the £300,000 buy’s absence but admits he will be out “for a while” and the duration “won’t be good because it’s once bitten twice shy”.
The Owls seem certain to make doubly sure that O’Grady is fully ready when he next returns.
Megson says that a new signing must be the right one and must be affordable: “I’m aware of the circumstances that exist and what we can and can’t do and the parameters we’ve got to work in. Nobody else is; some of the names being thrown at us, we wouldn’t be able to do them.
“What I want to do and what we can do, I won’t be able to achieve, so we have to try to make the best of a bad job.
“We’ve been for seven maybe in the last seven, 10 days, something like that; for varying reasons it’s not got done.”
But he is not giving up hope of a deal being clinched imminently: “There’s always that chance because we haven’t closed the door on any of the seven. There’s ones that might have a little bit more chance than others.
“It could happen. We’ll have to wait and see.”
He accepted that O’Grady had been plunged in prematurely: “It’s a problem. Paul [Smith], the physio, wanted to keep him a bit longer. We asked Chris and he felt it was okay. He trained the day before, with no problems. The lad wanted to come back and we wanted him in the team but it didn’t work out.”