Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart Gray steps up bid to add firepower to Owls’ forward line

Owls Manager Stuart Gray
Owls Manager Stuart Gray
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Stuart Gray will today be back on the telephone as he looks to line up a loan signing for Sheffield Wednesday as they enter another busy period of the season.

Gray has made no secret of his desire to bring in a forward as he looks to boost his slim ranks ahead of a run of six games in a three week spell.

The Owls head coach was given a familiar response from several Premier League bosses during the international break, asking for him to call back once players had been assessed on their return from duty with their countries.

“Maybe something might happen on Friday but if not we’ll keep plugging away next week,” Gray said.

“I might get a phone call and I’ll follow up a couple of phone calls I said I would when players got back off international duty.

“But now we might be in the situation where managers could think let’s get the weekend out of the way before making a decision.”

Despite his determination to make a signing, Gray has denied being desperate to add a player. Rather, he wishes to add to the competition for a place up front with Chris Maguire now mainly deployed on the wing and Gary Madine the only fit senior striker pushing regular starters Stevie May and Atdhe Nuhiu.

He said: “I think the players I’ve been picking have been doing a good job. But sometimes bringing a fresh face just gives everyone a lift.

“At the moment the competition in the squad is healthy and we want to keep it that way all over the pitch.

“We’ve lost Kamil Zayatte but I’ve still got three centre backs fighting over two spots and I’ve got two left backs fighting over the one slot.

“Joe Mattock is a booking away from a ban and that would open the door for someone else. It’d be nice to be at a club where you’ve got so many players to choose from in every position.”

“Premier League clubs have named their 25s and plenty probably have got two or three more players on top of that.”