Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray sets out his check-list in Owls striker search

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Stuart Gray, the Sheffield Wednesday boss, has revealed the qualities he is looking for a in a new striker as he seeks to increase competition for places in the final third.

With Caolan Lavery a long-term injury absentee, the Owls head coach has only three recognised centre-forwards at his disposal in Atdhe Nuhiu, Stevie May and Gary Madine. Another player who enjoys playing up front is Chris Maguire but Gray prefers to utilise his talent in the wide positions.

Gray, who could be without cruciate knee ligament injury victim Lavery and Kamil Zayatte (hamstring) until December, said: “I want someone who knows the Championship and knows what is required.

“I want someone to come in and have an impact on the squad. It’s got to be the right one. I have to bring someone in who is hungry and wants to put a shift in.”

Gray, who is hoping Keiren Westwood and May return unscather from international duty, said he continues to “pester” rival managers over players but accepts he may be forced into playing a “waiting game” as he aims to boost his attacking options.

“I just feel in certain games, if we are playing Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday that you can’t ask the same two players to play all the time,” he stressed. “I want my teams to be closing down from the front.

“You need two players who do that that and then around the 60 to 65 minute mark you can freshen it up and give the opposition’s centre-halves something different to think about

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