Sheffield Wednesday: Stuart’s striker mission

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Wednesday hope to tie up a deal for a new striker before taking on Charlton Athletic at The Valley tomorrow.

Owls head coach Stuart Gray is aiming to freshen up his attacking options after allowing Gary Madine to join Coventry City on a month’s loan yesterday.

With Hallam Hope having been recalled by Everton earlier this week, Gray currently has just three recognised centre forwards at his disposal in Gary Taylor-Fletcher, Stevie May and Atdhe Nuhiu.

The Owls boss, who has confirmed Keiren Westwood (hip) is an injury doubt, says they are “very close” to bringing in a new face, claiming it is 50/50 whether a new forward would be in before the trip to the capital.

“We need to mix it up a little bit,” said Gray, who has not ruled out bolstering the midfield department, with Sam Hutchinson facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury. “We are just falling short in the final third.

“We are very close. We are now relying on the individual or the player’s agent giving us the green light.”

Charlton are unbeaten at home but Gray is confident the team can halt their seven-match winless run.

“They are strong at the back and have had a good start,” he said. “We have to win our one v one battles.”