20 July 2024

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EFL clubs have until 11pm on Friday to complete deals and finalise their squad until the winter window in January. Free agents can be added beyond that point.

Here’s a whistle-stop run-through of the state of play as we have it at S6.

It’s all been quiet for a bit, hasn’t it?

It has. Momo Diaby was Wednesday’s most recent signing 19 days ago – and he’s since fallen to an injury that we expect will keep him out for several weeks.

The Owls have announced 10 incoming deals throughout the summer in what has been a vast squad turnaround, but of late things fell a little quiet.

That was until Wednesday afternoon, when Football Insider dropped two transfer links.

Go on then, who has been mentioned?

They say the Owls are one of three Championship clubs – Leeds and West Brom the others – that are lining up bids for Newcastle United midfielder Jeff Hendrick. Aberdeen are also said to be keen.

It’s one that tallies. The Star understands Hendrick, 31, was a name considered by Wednesday last summer before he made a season-long loan switch to Reading. There seems to be serious competition, but it may well be a case of ‘watch this space’ on that one.

The other emerging link is that of 23-year-old attacker Liam Millar, a former Liverpool youth starlet who now plays in Switzerland with FC Basel.

A Canadian international, he’s also said to be being courted by a host of second tier clubs. He has two years left on his contract and was signed for £1.2m in 2021.

You wouldn’t think he’s come especially cheap.

What sort of deals will Wednesday be looking at?

The Star reported shortly after the Diaby signing that the Owls were directing their attention to the Premier League loans market and Xisco has since hinted that way.

It’s a fierce market at current, with Championship clubs battling it out in a crowded field. As Wednesday found out to their detriment in January, loan deals can be volatile and can be pulled at the whim of both parent club and player.

Asked for an update on incoming players, Wednesday boss Xisco said on Tuesday evening: “We will see. In the last (few) days we are very close with some players but nothing is final or closed.

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