Sheffield Wednesday: Signings frustration for Owls boss

Atdhe Nuhiu scores against Bury last night
Atdhe Nuhiu scores against Bury last night

Stuart Gray has expressed his frustration at being unable to strengthen his squad before Sheffield Wednesday’s five-day pre-season training camp in Slovenia.

The Owls fly out to Maribor today and boss Gray was hoping to sign a couple of new players.

The Championship club have held discussions with French midfielder Florian Tardieu from Istres and St Etienne striker Brandao this week, but Gray has been thwarted in his efforts to bring in reinforcements.

Speaking after last night’s 3-1 friendly win at Bury, Gray said: “It’s frustrating because I would have liked to get them through the door and settled in and for them to see how I work.

“I only want to bring in players to the football club who I think are better than the ones we’ve got.

“At this moment in time, we have our eye on several players. It’s disappointing they are not going to be with us.”

Wednesday have agreed a transfer fee for Tardieu but Gray is waiting for Hafiz Mammadov’s takeover of the club to be ratified by the Football League.

Gray said: “I’ve spoken to the player and he’s been to the training ground but the most important thing is getting the ratification sorted out. When the ratification goes through, that will happen. Hopefully we can get it sorted before we come back from Slovenia.

Gray said 34-year-old Brandao has been on Wednesday’s radar for some time.

“He’s done it at the highest level,” said Gray. “He’s a physical boy up front. His ball rentention is good and he scores goals.

“We’ve been in discussions with his agent but at the moment we can’t get anything over the line.”

The Owls chief also confirmed two trialists, a centre-back and a forward, will be linking up with the squad in Slovenia.

Jose Semedo and Caolan Lavery suffered concussion and a knee problem respectively in last night’s friendly which Wednesday won with goals by Jacques Maghoma, Atdhe Nuhiu and Giles Coke.