Sheffield Wednesday have been dealt a huge blow to their transfer plans after one of their January targets returned to his former club on loan.
Southampton winger Josh Sims has re-joined New York Red Bulls on loan for the remainder of the season with the Major League Soccer side also having the option to extend the deal.
The 22-year-old made the switch across the Atlantic earlier in the season where he made eight appearances, scoring and assisting one goal apiece.
Football Insider first reported Wednesday’s interest in the former England U20 international as the Premier League outfit appeared to be ready to sanction another loan move.
Owls boss Garry Monk then refused to rule out a move for the Saints man, he said: “He would be one of the names that came up in our recruitment meetings but there is nothing concrete I can really tell you. I would like there to be something to tell you but there isn’t.”
This latest blow means the south Yorkshiremen are yet to bolster their first-team squad with new additions despite the 40-year-old hinting that there would be movement last week.
Wednesday are also now back to square one as they desperately seek attacking options, which has been no secret with Monk publicly declaring his need to add a striker this window whilst he was hardly playing down the original links to Sims.
He currently only has three senior wingers at his disposal, so a signing in that department would certainly help.
The form of the trio this campaign has been cloudy and inconsistent at best – Adam Reach, Kadeem Harris and Jacob Murphy have only scored seven of their 39 league goals this campaign.
Fernando Forestieri remains out of the side through injury, but it is not as if he had been a regular option under Monk, starting just once since he took the helm in September. His future at Hillsborough is increasingly wearing thin.
Sims would have added a second left-footed wide man to the squad, which would have stopped Harris regularly playing on his weaker side while his dribbling and quick pace attributes would have given them another weapon, as per Outside of the Boot‘s scout report on him.
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There’s just over a week left in the transfer window, so this move comes at a devastating time.
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