Mark Beevers appeared to be the key figure in any late trading by Sheffield Wednesday ahead of last night’s closure of the summer window.
Midfielder Giles Coke was set to join Bury on loan as the only solid piece of business at the time of writing.
Beevers’ future was subject to likely bids as the Telegraph went to press amid the possibility of Barnsley pressing an earlier interest in the 21-year-old defender.
Wednesday were not moving for another striker after Bury’s Ryan Lowe became the fourth senior forward at the club - with on-loan Daniel Uchechi making a fifth.
Although the question mark over the Owls’ firepower has not been entirely removed, the impact of loan winger Ben Marshall and the form of top scorer Gary Madine have provided reassurance.
At almost 33, Lowe was some way down manager Gary Megson’s list of targets but, like recent recruit Chris O’Grady, he has a formidable record in the lower divisions, totalling 142 goals for five clubs. Lowe also offers a balance in type as more of a sniffer.
Wednesday have now brought in 10 players - including last season’s loan pair Rob Jones and Danny Batth - against the seven who have moved on.
It means the balance has tilted towards a Beevers exit, possibly for a price that wipes out most of a fee-paying expenditure of around £450,000.
Barnsley failed recently with a £200,000 bid for the displaced centre back. The feeling last night was that the Owls would take £250,000-£300,000 and other Championship interest was in the air. Megson is alive to the loan market reopening shortly, so recruitment prospects remain fluid.
The squad as a whole has picked up numbers.
Defender David Kasnik can cover across the back four after signing on loan from Slovenian club Olimpija Ljubljana as the sole enterprise of chairman Milan Mandaric. Monday’s tough trip to Charlton brings a return to the Valley for Jose Semedo, the summer signing who is proving a mounting influence.
Megson placed such great store in bringing Semedo to Hillsborough that he went out of his way to make a personal impression on the young midfielder by motoring down to the capital for an early meeting.
As one of the clubs leading the section, Charlton are a leapfrog target for the Owls who are lurking just four points adrift as they close in on the top six. But, having lost both away games by contrast with their 100% home form, Wednesday will need a big improvement on their travelling standards so far.
At least they will have had plenty of time to recover from Tuesday’s JP tie at Bradford, which they lost on penalties after Megson’s expedient move to replace first-teamers early in the game, thanks to Sky’s move to screen the Valley clash.