Sheffield Wednesday: Bookies convinced Owls have their man

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All bookmakers have closed their markets on the identity of the next head coach of Sheffield Wednesday.

But the Owls appear no closer to making an official announcement on who would be Stuart Gray’s replacement at Hillsborough.

Chairman Dejphon Chansiri has maintained close counsel with his tight-knit team of advisors throughout the hunt with many at the club still in the dark over his intentions.

It is unlikely that any strong hint will be given before an official announcement is made.

But the bookies seem convinced that Chansiri has already made his decision.

Sky Bet and Paddy Power both closed their markets with Portuguese coach Carlos Carvalhal the odds on favourite.

Last night only Bet Victor and William Hill were accepting bets on the new head coach with odds for Carvalhal at 1/8 and 1/10 respectively.

But the two have now closed their markets.

Second in the market last night was former Owls midfielder John Sheridan, who surged up the betting yesterday morning before drifting out.

Sheridan last month quit as Plymouth Argyle boss, citing family reasons and a desire to relocate back north.

There was some movement in the remaining opening markets on Tuesday morning with Swindon Town boss Mark Cooper backed in to 3/1 with Bet Victor.

Reports in Belgium suggest the Owls have entered the race to sign former Middlesbrough loanee Jelle Vossen.

The 26-year-old scored nine goals during a season-long loan with Boro last term with the Teesside club said to be considering a permanent transfer for the striker.

Het Laatste Nieuws in Belgium report that his parent club Genk have set a value of £2.2m for Vossen.

Club Brugge are reportedly also interested in making a move for the Belgian forward whom Genk are said to be keen to offload.

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