Sheffield Wednesday: Winger snubs Owls move

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Head coach Stuart Gray has revealed Sheffield Wednesday missed out on signing a winger on transfer deadline day.

Although the Owls chief was delighted to complete the signings of Sergiu Bus, Marnick Vermijl, Lewis McGugan and Filipe Joaquim Melo Silva yesterday, Gray had hoped to increase competition for places out wide.

Owls boss Stuart Gray

Owls boss Stuart Gray

Gray told The Star: “We tried to get a wide player in at the last minute and we thought we had got him over the line but he decided to stay at his parent club.

“There’s a possibility that could happen when the emergency loan window reopens.”

There have been reports claiming Wednesday also tabled a £2m offer for Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Paterson but Gray insisted: “There was no bid.

“Jamie was someone I inquired about when Stuart Pearce was in charge but Stuart decided he wanted to keep him at the club.”

After significantly bolstering his squad, Gray is looking forward to having a selection dilemma against Cardiff City this weekend.

He said: “I’m delighted with the business we have done. I felt this time last year we were a little thin squad wise and wgot caught out towards the end of the season so the last thing I wanted was for that to happen again. Last season, I had to play players who were carrying injuries or were not fully fit.

“We have brought some quality players in. It gives me a bit of a selection headache. That’s what I wanted. The reason I’ve brought in so many players is to get us over the line.

“It was great to strengthen the squad in all areas.”

Wednesday trained at Hillsborough today due to the pitches at their Middlewood Road training base being frozen.

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