Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones has confirmed he would be interested in re-signing Connor Wickham on loan should the striker be allowed to leave Sunderland.
With just a fortnight to go until the start of the new Championship season, Jones has reiterated his desire to bolster his attacking options.
The Owl have held talks with Swansea City over the possibility of recruiting Leroy Lita on a permanent basis this summer and Jones has now told The Star that the club are monitoring Wickham’s situation.
Like Lita, England Under-21 international Wickham enjoyed a loan spell at Hillsborough last season, hitting one goal in six appearances before returning to Wearside.
It is unclear whether Paolo Di Canio, Jones’ counterpart at Sunderland, regards Wickham as part of his long-term plans at the Stadium of Light. Di Canio, the former Owls striker, has stated that he wants five strikers at his disposal next season. He has six in Jozy Altidore, Danny Graham, who has joined Hull City on a season-long loan deal, Steven Fletcher, Wickham, Stephane Sessegnon and Ji Dong-won.
Last month, Di Canio likened Wickham to a “Playboy model”, claiming the 20-year-old needs a “slap in the face” to motivate him to reach his full potential.
Nonetheless, Wickham, who scored in a training-ground match against FC Chiasso earlier this week, is expected to fly out with the rest of Sunderland’s squad today for their pre-season trip to Hong Kong.
Speaking ahead of tonight’s friendly with Hull in Portugal, Jones said: “I’m sure their new manager will want to have a look at what Connor has got. It is something we would be interested in if it came around but it is far too early to even contemplate it at the moment.”
Lewis Buxton (shin) and Jacques Maghoma (ankle) will not be risked versus Hull but trialists Kamil Zayatte and Markus Grossinger could play.
Wednesday’s home clash with Leeds has been re-scheduled for Sunday, January 12.