SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Chris O’Grady may be set for Owls exit

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday could be tempted to sell Chris O’Grady this summer.

Barnsley made an inquiry and other clubs may follow in showing interest in the striker.

It is understood that the Reds sounded out the Owls about him but no bid was made.

Keith Hill, who was O’Grady’s boss at Rochdale, will not be alone in noting that the £350,000 centre forward figured little under Dave Jones last season in the League One promotion push.

It is also well known that Jones is trying to strengthen the side for Championship football. So it may be perceived as being unlikely that O’Grady will feature prominently in his plans next season.

It is also likely that Wednesday could be persuaded to sell him if they can recoup the amount that was spent on him last summer. O’Grady has two years left on his contract.

He made only one start after Jones arrived and he was displaced by loan signing Nile Ranger, the Newcastle striker who is one of many targets for the Wednesday manager this summer.

O’Grady was a sub seven times in the promotion run-in but was not even on the bench for four games.

His personal fortunes suffered after he scored the Hillsborough derby winner against United, and Gary Megson, the manager who signed him, was axed.

Jones is already in the market for at least one striker, with Clinton Morrison having been released and Ranger’s loan having ended.

The club retained an interest in Derby’s Chris Maguire though the Rams rejected their overtures.