Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss Stuart Gray hoping for a manic Monday on the transfer front

Lewis McGugan is a Sheffield Wednesday target again
Lewis McGugan is a Sheffield Wednesday target again

Head coach Stuart Gray hopes the final day of the transfer window will be hectic as Sheffield Wednesday seek to boost their dwindling play-off challenge.

The Owls, who are expected to complete the signing of Romanian striker Sergiu Bus for an undisclosed fee from CSKA Sofia today, are keen to bring in several new recruits before the transfer market shuts at 11pm tonight.

After Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Reading, a result which leaves them still nine points adrift of the top-six, Gray reiterated his desire to reshape his squad. It is understood the Wednesday boss would like to sign a new central midfielder, winger and striker.

He remains in dialogue with Watford over the possibility of re-signing Lewis McGugan. In recent days, Gray has also admitted he is a big admirer of QPR forward Matt Phillips and Leicester City striker Chris Wood.

Meanwhile the Owls have been linked with Manchester United’s Belgian defender Marnick Vermijl, whose proposed move to Lokeren broke down last week.

“I would love it to be a manic Monday,” Gray told The Star. “Hopefully incomings rather than outgoings.

“We are trying to strengthen all the time. If it’s not before the deadline, hopefully we can do something when the emergency loan window reopens next week.”

Gray, who will be without the services of Glenn Loovens for the next two matches after the captain picked up his 10th caution of the season at the Madejski Stadium, is confident a deal for Bus will be completed today.

There was a picture posted on social media of Bus holding an Owls shirt at Hillsborough on Saturday night but Gray insisted the club have still yet to finalise the finer details of the transfer.

Bus joined Sofia last summer, hitting 10 goals in 18 starts before the winter break. The 22-year-old started his career with hometown club CFR Cluj, scoring three goals in 23 appearances including the Europa League.

“I’m aware of the pictures of the boy on the internet and we’re almost there,” said Gray. “He [Bus] is a hard working aggressive striker. He’s got hunger. He wants to get in the full international side and can score a goal. Hopefully he will do that for us and hit the ground running.

“I know he had the opportunity to go to other clubs. He’s chosen to come to England. He wants to do well here. At the moment, we are not sticking the ball in the net so he’s got a good opportunity.”

McGugan, who enjoyed a productive loan spell with Wednesday earlier this season, has been told he is free to leave Watford.

Gray said: “We are still in discussions with Watford. We are pursuing Lewis. He’s a central midfielder who has 40 odd goals in his career and we need people like that. We know what he can do.

“I think Lewis is keen to come here but it’s down to Watford.”

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