SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: The fight to land Sidibe

In: Mamady Sidibe
In: Mamady Sidibe

SHEFFIELD Wednesday beat competition from three other clubs to land Mamady Sidibe on loan.

The striker’s Premier League and Championship pedigree made him a sought-after target before the loan deadline passed.

Manager Dave Jones will now seek a double boost from the arrival of Sidibe from Stoke and left-back Jeremy Helan from Manchester City, for a month.

Both will be in the squad for tomorrow’s home game against Leicester, with Sidibe the higher profile of the two.

Jones’ big decision is whether or not to give him an instant start when he has not played a first-team game for two years because of injuries.

But he is fit and played almost a full game for Stoke in an under-21 match against Spurs last weekend.

Jones will also be influenced by the fact that the Owls have three games in nine days, against Leicester, Watford and Cardiff, and he will have to assess whether the 32-year-old is capable of playing in all three at this early stage of his comeback.

Sidibe’s signing means that he, Gary Madine and Jay Bothroyd are competing for one or two striker positions, depending on the formation employed. Madine and Bothroyd, who has often played on the right side of midfield, were used up front at Forest last week.

Some fans will have been surprised by the signing of a left back, Helan, who can also play on the left side of midfield and has just had a loan spell with League One outfit Shrewsbury,

It is understood that Wednesday had loan offers for some of their players, but no outgoing deals materialised.