Former Sheffield Wednesday man Lucas Joao linked with Premier League switch – could land Owls financial windfall

A former Sheffield Wednesday striker could end of playing in the Premier League next season in a switch that could land the Owls some valuable coffers in the transfer market.

Wednesday, 1st June 2022, 11:17 am

Lucas Joao left Wednesday in 2019 to join then-fellow Championship side Reading for what was believed to be a club-record sale.

And now the Portuguese is reportedly attracting interest from a number of clubs as the Royals look to balance the books after they were deducted points for breaching its profitability and sustainability rules last season.

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Former Sheffield Wednesday striker Lucas Joao could be about to leave Reading for Premier League Nottingham Forest.

Nottingham Forest, promoted to the Premier League over the weekend through the play-offs, are among the sides said to be interested in grabbing a bargain.

Several second tier teams, namely Norwich City, Watford, Burnley and Middlesbrough are also reportedly keen on his signature.

Any transfer could deliver a windfall to Wednesday, who negotiated a 20 per cent sell-on bonus in the sale of Joao.

This means the Owls would receive a full 20 per cent of any permanent fee received by Reading this summer, a windfall that could offer Darren Moore a welcome swelling of his transfer coffers.

The move from Wednesday to Reading was understood to have been worth around £5m. Though no potential fee has reported this time around, Reading are open to offers for a 28-year-old who has scored 38 goals and laid on 14 assists in 83 matches for the Berkshire club.

Wednesday are busy in the transfer market, Darren Moore told in-house media last week, and are in contact with a number of targets.