Sheffield Wednesday: Championship clubs eye Owls cast-off

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Lewis McGugan is attracting the interest of several Championship clubs, The Star understands.

The talented midfielder is looking to find a new home, having been frozen out by Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal.

And a number of second-tier teams are weighing up a move for McGugan, who has been working hard on his fitness at the Owls’ Middlewood Road training ground during the close season.

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McGugan has struggled to force his way into Carvalhal’s plans, failing to make a single first-team appearance since the last day of the regular season in the 2015/16 campaign. He converted a late penalty in their 2-1 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

McGugan was left out of the squad who travelled to Portugal for the club’s pre-season training camp last summer, with Carvalhal making him available for transfer. He was linked with former club Nottingham Forest.

“Lewis is a very good player and can play in a lot of teams in the Championship but he has difficulties playing our game,” said Carvalhal at the time. “Sometimes these kind of things happen in football. It’s not a question of attitude or the value of the player.”

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McGugan was not even handed a squad number last year and regularly trained with Wednesday’s Under-23s. His only match action came for the development squad.

The Owls signed McGugan on a permanent basis for a fee, thought to be £300,000, in July 2015 following two fruitful loan spells. The 28-year-old, previously of Forest and Watford, has played 39 times for Wednesday, hitting nine goals. McGugan’s contract expires next summer.

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