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Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk hints at January signings

Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk has provided a clue into his plans for the January transfer window this month but claims nothing is close to being complete just yet.

What’s he said?

The Owls defeated local rivals and league leaders Leeds United 2-0 at Elland Road on Saturday afternoon.

Jacob Murphy opened the scoring three minutes from time before Atdhe Nuhiu clinched all three points in injury time with an excellent finish to end a quick counter-attack.

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Following the full-time whistle, in his post-match press conference, Monk was asked about potential transfer news.

He said:

“Of course, we are trying to bring someone in but the most important thing is they fit into the group.

“I won’t just bring in anyone for the sake of it, even with what has happened to Fletch.

“We are trying; there’s nothing over the line. We have got a few things out there but there is nothing concrete.

“Nothing has been ratified but we are working hard to do that.

“With Fletch out, we need to replace him. If we can strengthen the squad, then we will.”

Striker lookout

Wednesday’s passed their first test in the absence of top goalscorer Steven Fletcher with flying colours, defeating the team at the top without the expertise of the 12-goal striker is no mean feat.

Monk gifted Sam Winnall a rare start while Atdhe Nuhiu came off the bench to feature, but it’s clear neither appears to be in the 40-year-old’s long-term plans after no more than 13 starts between them, per WhoScored.

There’s also Jordan Rhodes who has done very little since bagging a hat-trick in his first start under the Owls boss and the injured Fernando Forestieri.

With Monk claiming that he needs to replace the 32-year-old, all of the above players need to watch their back as any incoming is likely to rise to the top of the food chain.

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Two Premier League players have been linked with loan moves to Hillsborough – Eddie Nketiah from Arsenal and the more likely Connor Wickham from Crystal Palace.

We’ll have to wait and see how this one pans out with over two and a half weeks still remaining in the window.

In other news, Dom Howson has given a damning update on the future of one Wednesday summer signing…

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