Sheffield Wednesday: Gray’s game of patience

Oguchi Onyewu says he may sign a new Owls deal
Oguchi Onyewu says he may sign a new Owls deal
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Stuart Gray is resigned to the need for patience as the Owls try to sign new players.

The Wednesday boss ideally wanted all of his squad in place in time for the start of pre-season training on July 1.

But he knew that this may be impossible - and players’ holidays can be an obstacle.

“We are talking to players’ agents,” said Gray, who also denied claims of an interest in Birmingham’s ex-Huddersfield forward Lee Novak.

“I’d like things to be sorted out sooner rather than later, but things can get dragged out,” he added.

“I know some players are on holiday so not so accessible, but the with modern communications available it’s not necessarily a case of having to sit down in front of somebody.”

A free-scoring striker is high on Gray’s wish list.

The club are also negotiating with Oguchi Onyewu, Glenn Loovens, Chris Kirkland and Jose Semedo over new contracts.

Onyewu, “gutted” to be left out of the USA’s World Cup plans, has revealed that he wants to stay in England and may remain at Hillsborough but is keeping an open mind for the time being.

He said: “Right now no decisions have been made but I’m aiming to stay in the UK. It’s always a possibility that I will stay at Wednesday, but I want to weigh my options before I make a final decision.”

Onyewu has also said: “Who knows, maybe I’ll have the opportunity to play for Newcastle again, you never know.”

But it is not thought likely that the Premier League outfit will be in for the 32-year-old: it was seven years ago when he made 11 appearances for them while on loan from Belgian club Standard Liege

Since those days his career has taken him to Italy, Holland, Portugal, Spain and QPR, where he was unable to get into Harry Redknapp’s side.

But his impressive form with the Owls has revived his career and he had high hopes of making America’s World Cup squad.