Sheffield Wednesday: Owls target European scout

Owls boss Stuart Gray
Owls boss Stuart Gray
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Sheffield Wednesday plan to widen their search for new players by bringing in an experienced European scout ahead of the transfer window reopening this summer.

The Championship club, who were taken over by Thai businessman Dejphon Chansiri last month, are looking to appoint a ‘Director of International Recruitment’. Their responsibilities will include scouting and reporting of overseas matches, developing relationships with foreign clubs and associations and assisting in the UK football operations of Wednesday.

The Owls are searching for someone who has held a similar position for at least the last five years and speaks fluently in English and Thai.

As he has demonstrated by capturing French defender Claude Dielna, Portuguese midfielder Filipe Melo and Romanian striker Sergiu Bus during the 2014/15 season, Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray is quite happy to look further afield to bolster his squad. A European scout should, in theory, help Gray’s recruitment drive.

“It is common knowledge that the British players who are in contract seem to cost a fortune,” said Gray. “It turns out the cheaper options are overseas.

“You’ve got to make sure you do your homework and have always got one eye on what’s out there. If they are going to be better than the players we have got already got at the football club, it would be foolish not to consider them.”

It is understood Chansiri, who purchased Wednesday for a deal worth £37.5m, will provide Gray with extra funds to enhance the options at his disposal in the close-season. Chansiri has promised to give Gray a chance to prove he can turn the club into promotion contenders.