Sheffield Wednesday: Owls eye defender signing

Roger Johnson, right, has joined West Ham on loan.
Roger Johnson, right, has joined West Ham on loan.

Managerless Sheffield Wednesday are contemplating dipping into the transfer market before Saturday’s Yorkshire derby showdown with Leeds United after missing out on re-signing Roger Johnson.

Owls caretaker boss Stuart Gray had hoped to extend Johnson’s loan deal, which ran out last week, until the end of the season.

But the centre-back yesterday moved to Premier League strugglers West Ham United on loan for the remainder of the campaign and could make his Hammers debut in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final with Manchester City tomorrow.

Wolves chief Kenny Jackett said: “It’s a really good chance for him [Johnson] to build on what he has done at Wednesday.”

It is a big blow for the Owls to lose Johnson as he has been a key component of their back four. He joined the club in mid-September and went on to make 17 starts. His departure leaves Gray short of defensive cover, with Lewis Buxton, Kamil Zayatte, Martin Taylor and Anthony Gardner all sidelined.