Every transfer Sheffield Wednesday's relegation rivals have completed in the January transfer window so far
Not long now. Sheffield Wednesday are preparing for a final push when it comes to the January transfer window, which closes at 11pm on Monday.
The thing is, so too are their rivals for relegation.
Wednesday sit second-bottom of the table, six points shy of the safety zone and hope to add depth and firepower to their squad.
Taking the entire bottom half as potential rivals, though others could be pulled in – look what happened at Hillsborough and at Hull last year – let’s take a look at all the business already completed by the clubs the Owls are up against in what promises to be a fiercely-contest second half of the season.
Luton Town – 13th – 33 points
Enjoying a stellar campaign so far after the full time return of Nathan Jones late last season, Luton have so far been quiet in January, though there may be more to come.
Former Wigan Athletic utility man Kal Naismith is through the door following his release from the League One club earlier in the month.
Huddersfield Town – 14th – 31 points
Among those added to Huddersfield’s squad in what has been a stop-start season so far is Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons, brought in on loan having spent some temporary time with Wednesday in 2019.
They’ve added experience at the back in the form of former Derby captain Richard Keogh, who joins from a short spell at MK Dons, and USA international midfielder Duane Holmes, who returns to the John Smith’s Stadium from a stint at Derby County for an undisclosed fee.
Cardiff City – 15th – 30 points
Cardiff have switched managers in the window, sacking Neil Harris in favour of Mick McCarthy, and there’s been a change in the playing staff too, with highly rated pair Max Watters and Perry Ng joining from Crawley Town and Crewe respectively.
Watters, an exciting forward, joined for a fee believed to be around £1m, while highly-rated defender Ng joins for around £250,000.
Millwall – 16th – 30 points
Another club to have been relatively quiet in the window so far is Millwall, who have brought in only Birmingham City defensive midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld after five-and-a-half years at St Andrews.
The Dutchman joined the Lions for an undisclosed fee.
Coventry City – 17th – 29 points
Victors over Wednesday in midweek, Coventry have done fine work in the loan market, bringing in bustling forward Viktor Gyokeres in from Brighton after a difficult time at Swansea, as well as experienced midfield man Matty James, who spent the first portion of the season on loan with Barnsley, from Leicester.
Highly-rated teenage left-back Josh Reid has also joined from Ross County after attracting interest from a host of English clubs. He signs for what is being described as a ‘significant’ undisclosed fee.
QPR – 18th – 27 points
More good business here. Proven Premier League striker Charlie Austin may be getting on in years but was signed on loan from West Brom by QPR after interest in Jordan Rhodes was reported. Mark Warburton has been short of a striker and he should make a difference.
At the other end, Hull’s Jordy de Wijs has also joined on loan to add Championship steel to a squad in transition, while Stefan Johansen has made it a trio of impressive temporary additions in signing on loan from Fulham.
Birmingham City – 19th – 26 points
Rakeem Harper, a young midfielder highly thought of at nearby West Brom, has jumped across to Birmingham on loan and will provide a touch of x-factor to the Blues squad.
A former England youth international, he has spent time in and out of the Baggies’ side in recent seasons.
Nottingham Forest – 20th – 25 points
Forest are rarely shy of a big-name loan signing and haven’t disappointed, bringing in Benfica midfielder Filip Krovinovic after his time at West Brom was cut short.
Krovinovic played a hand in the Baggies’ promotion last season but has struggled a touch with injuries. If fit, he can surely play a big part for Forest’s survival push.
Derby County – 21st – 25 points
In the midst of a potential takeover and suffering reported cash flow issues, in-form Derby are the only side near the bottom of the table not to have made a move so far in this transfer window.
Rotherham United – 22nd – 23 points
A long-time target of Rotherham, Paul Warne jumped at the chance to bring Ryan Giles to the New York Stadium when his time with Coventry was cut short.
Just gone 21, Wolves-owned Giles will play as a left wing-back for the Millers and scored his first goal for the club in an impressive 30 win over Middlesbrough this week.
Sheffield Wednesday – 23rd – 19 points
In terms of first team signings, exciting former Aston Villa winger Andre Green has joined the club, playing as a second striker in both of his appearances so far. On limited evidence, he looks an exciting addition.
Sam Hutchinson made his second Owls debut this week having re-signed after six months away paying in Cyprus at FC Pafos and will offer some steel to midfield.
Wycombe Wanderers – 24th – 15 points
Limited on budget, Wycombe are another to have been quiet so far, bringing in only Leicester City prospect Admiral Muskwe in on loan until the end of the season.
The Zimbabwe-born former England youth international is a forward who spent time at Swindon last season. He has four caps for the country of his birth.