Sheffield Wednesday: Owls hope for Wickham return

UNCERTAIN FUTURE ... Connor Wickham.
UNCERTAIN FUTURE ... Connor Wickham.
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Milan Mandaric has told The Star there is a “good chance” Sheffield Wednesday will bring talismanic striker Connor Wickham back to Hillsborough.

Wickham, the Owls’ leading goalscorer, returned to Sunderland yesterday after they opted to recall the England Under-21 international early from his loan spell with the Championship club.

The forward, who netted eight goals in 11 starts for Wednesday, was due to go back to the Black Cats after tonight’s crunch Championship clash with Millwall.

But chairman Mandaric, who plans to draft in a director of football in the future, says the Owls remain in dialogue with Sunderland over recruiting Wickham on loan for a third time.

He said: “There is a good chance that we will get Connor back.

Connor wanted to stay with us. He loved it here and liked being part of the club.

“It is important we get him back. We all know what he has done for us. I am very optimistic something can be done.”

If Wickham’s departure wasn’t bad enough, the Owls also spoke to Hull City yesterday morning over the possibility of re-signing striker Matty Fryatt on loan only for the Tigers to turn down their approach.

Fryatt, who bagged four goals in nine outings while on loan at Wednesday earlier on this season, is out of contract in the summer but it is understood Hull would prefer to not let him leave on a temporary basis again.

“Matty is very much on our target list as well,” said Mandaric, who is looking to capture a minimum of two new strikers before the window shuts at 11pm on Friday.