Sheffield Wednesday: Owls reject Reds’ O’Grady bid

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Barnsley have had a bid for Sheffield Wednesday striker Chris O’Grady rejected.

Barnsley have had a bid for Sheffield Wednesday striker Chris O’Grady rejected.

And Reds boss David Flitcroft has admitted he’s now given up hope of signing the player for next season.

Speaking exclusively to The Star, Flitcroft revealed: “We put in a bid for Chris with Sheffield Wednesday, but they turned us down.

“I don’t think a deal will be done now. We’ve tried our best to get him, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.

“They know we want him and we felt we made a good offer, but they told us they don’t want to sell him.

“At the end of the day Chris has always been our No 1 target, but we can’t wait around for ever.

“He’s a Sheffield Wednesday player, so I’ve got to be careful about what I say.

“But we’ve got three or four good options and avenues we’re pursuing, so we’ve got to move on. Otherwise we’re going to get left behind.”

O’Grady, who has a year left on his Owls’ contract, joined the Reds on transfer deadline day on a loan deal until the end of the season.

And the 25-year-old impressed with six goals in 16 appearances. Some of his performances were key to helping the club avoid relegation from the Championship, especially with three goals in the last four games of the campaign.

“Never in football have I known a loan player who has put in so much effort for the cause,” stressed Flitcroft.

“He’s always had my heart, but he won the hearts of the players and our fans. But we can’t keep chasing waterfalls.”

The Reds are interested in signing Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson and ex-Blade Jon Stead, the latter now a free agent after his contractended at Bristol City.

But The Star understands the Reds have no interest in re-signing former player Danny Haynes, while rumours Michael Chopra is on their hit-list are wide of the mark.