Sheffield Wednesday appear to be no closer in their quest to sign Crystal Palace frontman Connor Wickham on loan before the transfer window deadline next week after The Sun’s Alan Nixon provided another update.
The Owls have been mooted with a move for the 26-year-old all month after the Daily Mail claimed the Eagles striker was ‘set to join’ on loan following the arrival of Cenk Tosun at Selhurst Park.
It appears as if his 60k-per-week wages (Spotrac) are the major stumbling block from any temporary switch happening. Nixon recently revealed Wednesday will need to improve their offer if they want to secure his services before next Friday, and he has reiterated that message again.
Speaking on Twitter, Nixon said:
Have to improve offer. https://t.co/Hto9epZWLK
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 21, 2020
Wickham came on as a substitute for the second successive game, playing a total of 30 minutes against both Manchester City and Southampton, but it remains to be seen if Roy Hodgson is simply putting his backup into the shop window.
This saga is one that looks destined to go right down to the wire, which won’t help Owls boss Garry Monk at all as he wanted a new striker in before their game against Blackburn over the weekend.
They were then thumped 5-0 in front of a baying home support, so he could probably do with a morale-boosting signing right about now.
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His need for a forward has been ramped up substantially following the devastating injury blow to top goalscorer Steven Fletcher, who won’t be back in the mix anytime before March despite stepping up his training this week.
The 32-year-old has bagged 12 goals this campaign with the next best coming from a quartet of players on three goals apiece, only their total combined matches Fletcher’s return, per WhoScored.
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Wickham has endured an injury-blighted four years down in south-east London, starting just 26 matches, so the Owls’ doubts over paying a higher percentage of his wages are probably fully justified as he comes with plenty of baggage.