Garry Monk responds to reports linking Sheffield Wednesday with loan move for Southampton winger Josh Sims

Owls boss Garry Monk has refused to rule out the possibility of a January move for Southampton winger Josh Sims.

Saturday, 4th January 2020, 2:26 pm
Updated Sunday, 5th January 2020, 2:19 pm

Several clubs, including Wednesday, have been linked with Sims, who recently returned to St Mary's, having spent the first half of the season on loan at New York Red Bulls.

One report has claimed the Major League Soccer side are keen on taking Sims back stateside ahead of the new MLS season but face stiff competition for his services from the Owls and Huddersfield Town.

It is thought the Saints are prepared to let Sims leave on a temporary basis this season.

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Monk told The Star: "He [Sims] would be one of the names that came up in our recruitment meetings but there is nothing concrete I can really tell you."I would like there to be something to tell you but there isn't."

Sims, a graduate of Southampton's youth system, made his professional debut in November 2016 against Everton in the Premier League. The skilful wide man has represented England from U17 through to U20 level.

But the 22-year-old has struggled to command a regular starting spot with the Saints and has had loan spells at Reading and Near York Red Bulls in the past two seasons.

It is well-documented that Owls, currently eighth in the Championship, are eager to strengthen their attacking options.

Josh Sims has been linked with a move to Hillsborough. Picture date: 8th December 2018. Picture credit should read: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Monk has stated the club are "working hard behind the scenes" to bring in reinforcements.

"January is always a difficult market,” he said. “We are looking at loans but quite a few people will be looking at loans.”