The loan window closed with barely a sound at Hillsborough as the Owls failed in their bid to bring in a striker before the 5pm deadline.
Boss Stuart Gray had made no secret of his desire to add a forward to his ranks with Wednesday desperately short of goals.
After being rebuffed by at least one target earlier in the week, Gray had no new batch of luck on Thursday, in what proved to be the biggest story of the final few hours of the window in South Yorkshire.
With deals such as Darren Bent making a high-profile switch from Aston Villa to Brighton – who sent the previously prolific Craig Mackail-Smith back to Peterborough – it will have proved a day of frustration for the Wednesday boss.
Will the Owls rediscover their scoring touch without a new addition until the next transfer window opens in five weeks? Gray will certainly be hoping so.
And so the Owls chief was left sending envious glances across the Steel City as United boss Nigel Clough finally got the striker he was after – and an ex-Owl to boot.
The Blades’ long-running pursuit of Chris O’Grady reached a successful conclusion as the powerful forward joined on loan from Brighton until January.
Like their rivals, United have also been short of goals this season but Clough will be confident he has the answer in a striker who scored 15 goals in the Championship last season.
Clough was confident enough in the O’Grady capture to allow young forward Diego De Girolamo to rejoin York on loan until January.
After a busy week prior to deadline, Rotherham United boss Steve Evans was still at work bringing in two more players on deadline day.
Former Manchester United academy scholars Scott Wootton and Tom Lawrence both landed at the New York to boost Evans’ swelling ranks as he bids to guide his side out of the Championship’s bottom three.
But the Millers boss did manage to balance the books somewhat by allowing Ryan Hall to join Notts County.
It could have been an even better day for Evans who revealed he had narrowly missed out on bringing former Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire back to South Yorkshire on loan from Hull.
Over at Doncaster Rovers, it was a quiet day with Paul Dickov not attempting to bring a player in but unable to send any of his young players out.
Barnsley extended the loan spell of Ryan Williams from Fulham and sent out Christian Dibble and George Smith to Nuneaton Town and Bradford Park Avenue respectively.
And down into North Derbyshire at the Proact came Chesterfield’s somewhat surprise decision to allow Ollie Banks to join Northampton Town.
Banks started against Barnsley last weekend but boss Paul Cook is keen for the midfielder to get regular game time.
FINAL WEEK OF LOAN WINDOW
In: Lewis McGugan (Watford)
In: Chris O’Grady (Brighton)
Out: Joe Ironside (Hartlepool); Diego De Girolamo (York)
In: Reece James (Manchester United); Scott Wootton (Leeds); Tom Lawrence (Leicester); Emmanuel Ledesma (Middlesbrough)
Out: Richard Brindley (Scunthorpe); Robert Milsom (Bury); Ryan Hall (Notts County)
Out: Christian Dibble (Nuneaton); George Smith (Bradford Park Avenue)
Out: Ollie Banks (Northampton); Jack Broadhead (Frickley)