Sheffield Wednesday are firmly in the hunt for the talented George Honeyman, and the Championship side must do everything in their power to get their man.
The Owls join Aston Villa and Fulham in a race to sign the Sunderland midfielder, according to reports from The Sun.
The 23-year-old has been a Black Cat his entire footballing career. However, the threat of dropping down a division could cause the talented youngster to consider his options this summer.
The midfielder was one of Sunderland’s brighter stars this season, and he would be forgiven even by the most loyal supporters if he was considering a move away from the Stadium of Light.
The Englishman made 37 starts this season and scored six goals as well as contributing two assists for the recently relegated Black Cats.
At 23, Honeyman has progressed leaps and bounds this season, and he could be the influential midfielder Sheffield Wednesday need if they are put in a more serious attempt of making the play-offs next season.
Arguably the brightest spark in a woeful Sunderland side, Honeyman has bags of energy and still has years to develop. With the Black Cats needing a massive clear out due to financial struggles, the Owls must make it their priority to swoop.
Honeyman has just one year left on his deal at the Stadium of Light, meaning his current club may be forced to sell. If Wednesday come in at the right price, securing his signature could come as one of the coups of the summer window.
George Hirst saga to have massive sting in the tail for Sheffield Wednesday
The striker headed to OH Leuven this summer.
It was a long-running saga that came to something of a surprise finish this summer. Sheffield Wednesday lost their star talent George Hirst. Billed as a future England international, even the ‘next Harry Kane’ in some circles, Sheffield Wednesday knew they had a talent. For club and country in 2016-17 Hirst managed to score 40 goals at youth level.
However, a contract dispute between the club and the player’s representatives left Hirst out in the cold. He was not even playing for the under-23s for most of last season.
Losing him was always going to be a bitter pill to swallow but it soon became inevitable he was moving on. But, given his excellent statistics, international acclaim and the fact he is the son of former England international David Hirst, the Owls would have been due a sizeable compensation.
Sheffield Wednesday have now, it appears, been duped slightly on that front as well.
“Let’s see what happens. I can’t make a decision. I told him he has a big chance (here).”
Both clubs are owned by the same consortium and former Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is their manager. The Mirror (live blog, 21/07/18, 19:56) report Hirst, who was linked with Leicester throughout last season, could ultimately join the Foxes as soon as January.
Seeing as he moved abroad and not directly to a domestic rival, any compensation would be minimal.
The Hirst affair has been a sorry one with nobody covering themselves in glory. Now it appears to be coming to an unfortunate end for Sheffield Wednesday.
Sam Winnall to Stoke looks inevitable after Gary Rowett arrival
Gary Rowett’s move to Stoke City from Derby County has added further fuel to the fire regarding Sam Winnall’s future and a potential move to Staffordshire for the new season.
The two have previously been together during their time at Burton Albion, and Rowett opted to bring the 27-year-old to Pride Park on a loan deal this season.
Winnall scored four goals in 16 Championship games for Sheffield Wednesday after arriving at Hillsborough in January 2017 from local rivals Barnsley.
He was underwhelming for the Owls initially and hence the club decided to loan him to his former manager.
Nonetheless, he has enjoyed some success at Derby this season, winning the club’s Goal of the Season award for his memorable strike against Ipswich Town back in December.
Injury has restricted Winnall to just six Championship starts but despite his time spent on the sidelines, the fans have enjoyed the Englishman’s time at Pride Park and are crying out for him to stay.
Nonetheless, Rowett’s move to Stoke was the icing on the cake for Wednesday supporters and unsurprisingly talk of a switch to the Bet365 Stadium has surfaced on social media.
Winnall must be looking up how to get to Stoke as we speak
— Oli North (@Owl79Oli) May 23, 2018
Winnall to Stoke then
— Alex Young (@AlexYoung1867) May 21, 2018
— Nick (@nickthenipper) May 21, 2018
Winnall to stoke would be better as they have more money than #dcfc never mind lads at least you still have Butterfield eh!
— BOB (@TheWednesday76) May 21, 2018
It'll be interesting to see what happens with Winnall if Rowett goes to Stoke #swfc
— 190892O_F_R (@ORidley3) May 21, 2018
Sheffield Wednesday should use Luhukay-link to sign Julian Schieber as free agent
The German striker is set to become a free agent as his contract at Hertha Berlin ends, four years after Sheffield Wednesday’s boss signed him.
Hertha Berlin brought the curtain down on their season yesterday, with a 6-2 defeat at home against RB Leipzig. The big money side ran riot in the German capital in a game which most Hertha fans will want to swiftly forget. The fans did stick around afterwards, however, to appreciate some of the players who have given their best for the club – including the departing Julian Schieber.
The 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer and it has been confirmed he will be leaving the club at the end of his current deal. It comes after four years in Berlin, where he has not quite lived up to his billing.
Things did, however, start off very well for the player at Hertha. He scored eight goals in 18 games in his first season, after being signed by current Sheffield Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay.
So should he consider signing him again with Wednesday?
Whilst times have been tough for Schieber, his talent is undoubted. In 2012 he was snapped up by Jurgen Klopp for Borussia Dortmund after impressive form with the Germany under-21 team.
After playing second fiddle to Robert Lewandowski for two seasons, Luhukay tempted him to Berlin and he has had some fine moments at the Olympiastadion.
Sheffield Wednesday have plenty of striking options already, but Jordan Rhodes and Steven Fletcher have found goals hard to come by and are among the club’s biggest earners.
Schieber would be a cheaper alternative to the pair and Luhukay would relish the chance to work with the German talent once again.
It would be a no-risk signing for Sheffield Wednesday. Schieber would be a free transfer and his wages would not exactly be a massive setback for the Owls.
It could prove to be a very shrewd move from Wednesday and Luhukay if Schieber arrived at the club this summer.
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