Sheffield Wednesday complete late double deadline-day swoop to strengthen forward line
Sheffield Wednesday bolstered their attacking options late on the final day of the transfer window by signing Connor Wickham and Josh Windass.
Wickham and Windass have joined the Championship club on loan until the end of the season from Crystal Palace and Wigan Athletic respectively.
Shorn of the services of 12-goal top-scorer Steven Fletcher because of a knee injury, manager Garry Monk will be hoping Wickham and Windass can add some much-needed dynamism to their forward line.
Wickham, a big hit during two previous loan spells at Hillsborough, has played eight times for Palace this season, scoring once. Injuries kept the 26-year-old striker out early in the campaign but he then struggled for game time on his return, falling further down in the pecking order for a starting berth after the arrival of Cenk Tosun.
As for Windass, the attacking midfielder has scored four goals in 15 appearances for the Latics across all competitions this term.
Windass, the son of ex-Hull City striker Dean, is regarded as an exciting, quick, direct player.
Neither Wickham nor Windass are eligible to play in Saturday's Hillsborough meeting with Millwall because they were not registered in time.
English Football League rules stipulate that all paperwork relating to a transfer must be submitted to and approved by the governing body by “12.00 noon on the day prior to the date of such match”. Wickham and Windass' paperwork was finalised after noon and will have to wait until the trip to South Yorkshire neighbours Barnsley a week on Saturday to make their Owls debuts.
There were no outgoings on deadline day. Wigan expressed an interest in £8m club-record signing Jordan Rhodes but no deal materialised.
Scotland international Rhodes, linked with a late move to Scottish giants Celtic, has flitted in and out of the Owls' squad this season. Rhodes, who helped Norwich City secure promotion to the Premier League during a loan stint last term, has played 15 times, scoring three goals.
Wednesday will be seeking to avoid a fourth home defeat on the trot when they entertain the Lions.