Sheffield Wednesday have approached free agents: transfer activity underway
The wheels of the Garry Monk revolution at Sheffield Wednesday have started to turn.
Earlier this week it was announced that long-serving players such as Fernando Forestieri and Sam Hutchinson were to leave the club and that first-team pair Steven Fletcher and Morgan Fox had rejected offers to stay on with the Owls until the end of the season.
With Sam Winnall also out of the door, focus has already been placed on the addition of new players as Monk looks to revolutionise the feel of the Wednesday changing room with a ‘younger, hungrier’ outlook.
A huge number of players from the Championship and beyond will join that quintet in the free agents market. On Wednesday clubs were allowed to approach players for the first time ahead of a potential move.
Asked whether the club had approached players this week, Monk told The Star: “Of course, it’s a market we have to look into and see if there’s something there that we can work with and that we can do.
“We’re already doing that and there’s a few that could be good possibilities, we have to discover what we can do.”
The Owls have made good progress in the free transfer market in recent times, picking up the likes of Kadeem Harris and Julian Börner for nothing last summer.
And with that recruitment team still in place alongside Monk, there is hope the club can oversee a positive turnover of players in what will be a much shorter transfer window.
Monk said: “The only active market we can only actively work in now is the free market, so of course, like every club will be, we’re investigating that side of it and seeing what the is and what their isn’t.
“We’re onto that side of it and beyond these games when the authorities have clarified when next season is and give us a timeframe in knowing what we can work with and when it all starts and everything, that will help.
“We need to know when the transfer window is from, when it starts to when it goes onto, that will help. Hopefully that will come soon and clubs will know what they can do.”