Sheffield Wednesday chief Jos Luhukay has said he wants to bring in players this summer who know the Championship.
Wednesday are likely to be limited as to what they can spend due to fears over breaching the EFL’s ‘Profitability and Sustainability’ structure or Financial Fair Play.
With that in mind, we look at five possible targets - all with crucial experience of playing in the second tier - who the Owls could potentially target.
The Scotland defender was one of the few shining lights in the Reds’ side that got relegated from the Championship.
Lindsay, 22, would accommodate Wednesday’s back line and would add some much-needed strength in depth to the centre-half area following the departures of Glenn Loovens and Frederico Venancio.
The downside to such a signing could be that he may well command a large transfer fee considering he still has two years left to run at Oakwell.
There can be no doubt that Wednesday require a fresh injection of pace down the flanks.
Foxes’ winger Barnes would certainly add that and he would appear to fit in with the mould of player that Jos Luhukay alluded to when he was outlining his transfer plans.
The Dutchman recently said that he would be willing to take a punt on under-23s at “bigger clubs in the Premier League”.
Barnes, 20, impressed in the first half of last season on loan at Barnsley, scoring five times including a screamer against Wednesday in last October’s 1-1 draw at Hillsborough.
Experienced centre-half Elphick has fallen down the pecking order at Villa, so much so that he spent the second half of last term on loan at Reading.
The 30-year-old spent seven years at Brighton before playing a key role in Bournemouth’s rise from League One to the Premier League.
He joined Villa two summers ago and still has a year remaining on his present contract.
After Wednesday allowed ex-skipper Glenn Loovens to depart in the summer, Elphick could tick all the boxes as a younger and ready-made replacement in the heart of defence.
Marshall was continually linked with Wednesday ever since he enjoyed a fruitful loan spell at Hillsborough in the first half of the promotion out of League One in 2011-12.
Wednesday, then under Gary Megson, couldn’t lure him back after January and he ended up joining Leicester before a successful four years at Blackburn where he linked up well with a certain Jordan Rhodes.
He moved to Wolves in January 2017 but spent second half of last season on loan at Millwall. Now 27, Marshall would appear to be surplus to requirements at Molineux following their promotion.
The Republic of Ireland international left Hull City last month after five-and-a-half years on Humberside.
An experienced campaigner at Championship level, Meyler is likely to have a number of suitors chasing his signature having achieved promotion to the top flight twice.
The 29-year-old also helped City reach the FA Cup Final in 2014 and played during their four games in the following season’s Europa League campaign.