The Star’s Sheffield Wednesday writer Dom Howson gives his opinion on the Owls takeover...
It wasn’t all good news for the Owls yesterday.
Striker Matty Fryatt, one of Wednesday’s top transfer targets, penned a three-year deal with Nottingham Forest, becoming new manager Stuart Pearce’s first summer signing.
Fryatt starred on loan at Hillsborough last season, hitting four goals in nine appearances. He is a proven goal-scorer at Championship level and would certainly have added extra class to the Owls’ forward line.
While it is a shame the Owls missed recruiting free agent Fryatt, the arrival of Hafiz Mammadov has more than softened the blow.
It is likely the wealthy Azerbaijan-born businessman will, having bought Wednesday, pump millions of pounds into turning the club into promotion contenders.
He said: “I am hugely ambitious and feel the Owls match my passion and desire for success and represent our motto of Azerbaijan Land of Fire. I promise the supporters I will work extremely hard to bring the success everyone so rightly craves.”
Up until Mammadov’s arrival, Gray had expected to be mainly operating in the bosman and loan markets this summer. That’s not the case anymore. Gray might actually be able to pay a transfer fee or two for a player.
So although the Owls lost out on Fryatt, there will be plenty of funds available to Gray to bring in that 20-goal striker he craves.