Sheffield Wednesday: Put up or shut up over Chris

Chris O'Grady tangles with Hull City's Almed Elmohamady during his loan spell at Barnsley.
Chris O'Grady tangles with Hull City's Almed Elmohamady during his loan spell at Barnsley.

Sheffield Wednesday today challenged South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley to put their money where their mouth is over striker Chris O’Grady.

The Reds reiterated their desire to capture O’Grady, who has a year left to run of his contract at Hillsborough, yesterday.

The 27-year-old was a big hit during his loan spell at Barnsley last season, scoring six times in 16 outings as the Reds staved off the threat of relegation.

Reds boss David Flitcroft has indicated he wants to bring in “four or five” reinforcements over the summer, claiming O’Grady will be a transfer target.

But Wednesday manager Dave Jones has told The Star: “Chris is still our player.

“Barnsley do an awful lot of talking but they never actually do anything. What we will do is wait and see if they come to us.”

Jones has no regrets over his decision to let O’Grady join Barnsley on a temporary basis in January.

“I had to move him out to bring others in,” he insisted. “I brought three players in and I think that’s quite good business.”

When asked about O’Grady, Flitcroft said: “I would love to bring Chris back but he’s not ours. We’ll be working on it. I think he’d want to come here.”