What Garry Monk had to say on reports linking Jordan Rhodes with a move away from Sheffield Wednesday

Boss Garry Monk insists players will only be allowed to leave the Owls in the January transfer window if it benefits the Championship club.

Thursday, 26th December 2019, 6:00 am
Updated Thursday, 26th December 2019, 6:05 am
Owls striker Jordan Rhodes with team-mate Liam Palmer

Several clubs, including Scottish heavyweights Celtic, are believed to be interested in signing Wednesday's £8m club-record signing Jordan Rhodes. The forward has started the Owls' last three matches, having struggled for game time in the early part of Monk's reign.

When asked about the possibility of Rhodes departing in the New Year, Monk told The Star: "I am happy to work with this squad. We need everyone.

"Someone will only leave this club if it benefits us.

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"At this moment in time, we have a good squad. It is not a massive squad. It has been trimmed.

"It is a bit unbalanced in certain areas but I am enjoying working with them.

"I think they are enjoying coming to work and when you are successful you want to be part of it.

"I have had no conversations with any players about anything of that type (going in January) and I can't see that happening unless it is something that we feel will benefit us.

"Our focus is on the games and not really about January in terms of any outgoings."

Rhodes is poised to lead the line when the Owls face Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Boxing Day. He is expected to be joined in attack by Steven Fletcher as long as the Scotland international has recovered from illness.