Could Sheffield Wednesday reignite bid to sign giant Rotherham United-linked striker Armand Gnanduillet?
With the hunt for a new manager at the very top of the Sheffield Wednesday to-do list, five days into the January transfer window it’s all been a little quiet on the transfer front.
The Owls have battled their way to three wins in four and in what is essentially a two-week break from Championship action given Saturday’s FA Cup trip to Exeter, have clawed their way out of the relegation zone for the first time this season.
But the requirement for new faces remains, especially in the forward positions, and Wednesday’s recruitment machine is understood to be ticking over in anticipation of a new boss sanctioning any forthcoming deals.
The Star now understands that moves were made in the last transfer window for former Blackpool and Chesterfield forward Armand Gnanduillet, now a free agent once again after the termination of his contract with Turkish side Altay.
It is believed that under Garry Monk the Owls made ‘initial enquiries’ for the 28-year-old before securing the services of Callum Paterson and loan signing Jack Marriott.
Gnanduillet, a French-born former Ivory Coast youth international, is 6ft4 and would fit the mould of ‘target man’ many believe has been missing from the Wednesday armoury this season.
Rotherham United are believed to have entered discussions for the striker, who has made clear he wants to return to England. He has also been linked with League One giants Sunderland.
He scored 18 goals in 36 appearances for Blackpool last season. The Tangerines have ruled themselves out of the running for his signature.
Gnanduillet’s Ivorian dual-nationality could, in theory, assist any post-Brexit work permit issues now faced by EU-nationals.