Given Sheffield Wednesday’s shortcomings in front of goal this season, it is hardly surprising Stuart Gray is determined to strengthen his forward line during the January transfer window.
But the Owls chief insists he will only sign a striker who can give them that extra dimension in the final third.
“We all know we need a forward, and we are trying desperately hard to do that,” he stated. “I want to bring in a No 9, who can maybe get us that ugly goal. In some games we are not going to perform, but if we get half a chance, and had someone to stick the ball away.
“We want a goal-scorer, but he’s probably playing in someone’s team at the moment. We are all looking at them No 9s.
“He has got to fit into the system here, fit in the dressing room, be the right character. My No 9 has to work hard for the team, close down, but have that little bit of composure in front of goal.
“The last thing I want to do bring in one bad signing and upset the applecart.”
As well as increasing their firepower, Gray has reiterated his desire to bring Watford midfielder Lewis McGugan back to Hillsborough following his productive loan spell.
He said: “We got Lewis up to good fitness level, because he wasn’t getting a game at Watford. He’s gone back to Watford, hoping to get back into their set-up. It’s not happened for him. I want to bring good footballers to this club, and Lewis would be one of those people.”
Gray has scotched reports linking them with Newcastle United midfielder Jonas Gutierrez, who is currently on the comeback trail having overcome cancer. It is claimed Owls scouts watched the Argentina international in action for Newcastle’s second string earlier this week.
But Gray, who has confirmed they have received “tentative” inquiries for Paul Corry, said: “He’s a talented player and I am pleased he’s back, getting over his illness. We are going to be linked with players, as we have scouts at games. It is just speculation.”