Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss rules out January sales

Carlos Carvalhal with Tom Lees
Carlos Carvalhal with Tom Lees
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Head coach Carlos Carvalhal has ruled out Sheffield Wednesday selling any of their prized assets when the transfer window re-opens in January - unless they receive a “fantastic” offer.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow’s clash at troubled Charlton Athletic, Carvalhal confirmed the Championship club rebuffed bids for Keiren Westwood and Tom Lees earlier this campaign.

Premier League Norwich City are reportedly keeping close tabs on defender Lees.

But Carvalhal is confident Wednesday will keep his squad intact for the remainder of the 2015/16 campaign.

The Portuguese told The Star: “The rules of football change when the transfer window re-opens in January and I understand how the market works.

“I don’t think we will lose players. Our chairman has made it very clear that he doesn’t want to sell any player until the end of the season.

“If you ask me at the end of the season if the chairman will do business with someone then I will say probably but that’s normal in football.

“But the priority now is we started three months ago to create the team. We are in the process and worked with the team a short time.

“But if something happens in January and we get one fantastic business come, I will not try to block this kind of situation if it will be good for the club and player.

“At the moment, I don’t think too much about that (the window). I am trying to improve the team.”

Owls goalkeeper Joe Wildsmith has been named in the England Under-21 squad for their European Championship qualifiers with Bosnia-Herzegovina and Switzerland next week.

Meanwhile, Wednesday have been allocated 4,646 tickets for their Capital One Cup quarter-final tie at Stoke City on Tuesday, December 1. Tickets are priced at £20 adults, £10 over 65s and £5 under-17s.

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