Sheffield Wednesday: Owls eye up Brandao switch

Saint-Etienne striker Brandao is a transfer target for Sheffield Wednesday.
Saint-Etienne striker Brandao is a transfer target for Sheffield Wednesday.
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Sheffield Wednesday have expressed an interest in signing Brazilian-born French striker Brandao, The Star can confirm.

The Championship club, who are still waiting for Hafiz Mammadov’s takeover to be ratified by the Football League, have spoken to the 34-year-old’s representatives. It is thought Brandao has been on the Owls’ radar for some time.

However, this newspaper understands, contrary to reports, a deal is not close to being finalised.

Brandao, formerly of Shaktar Donetsk, won three titles in Ukraine and one in France with Marseille. He currently plays for Saint-Etienne, hitting 16 goals in the last two years in Ligue 1.

Several clubs are believed to be monitoring Brandao’s situation. He has one year left to run of his contract at St Etienne but they want to offload him from their wage bill.

Owls head coach Stuart Gray is keen to strengthen his attacking options. He said a 20-goal striker was at the top of his wish list even before the players reported back for pre-season training at the start of the month. Atdhe Nuhiu, Caolan Lavery, Gary Madine and Chris Maguire are currently the forward players at Gray’s disposals.

“The forward line we’ve got at the moment is probably lacking a little bit of experience,” he said. “I want someone who is proven up there.”

Wednesday, meanwhile, have ended their pursuit of Achille Campion. The French striker had been on trial with the Hillsborough outfit for just over a fortnight, playing in the first half of Saturday’s friendly at York City.