Sheffield Wednesday chairman Dejphon Chansiri is certainly a busy man this month.
The Owls are still looking for a permanent successor to Tony Pulis after the Welsh veteran was sacked over three weeks ago and whilst they are no closer to coming to that decision, moves are being made in the transfer market.
Chansiri has already sanctioned the free transfer swoop of Andre Green and is now reportedly eyeing up a move for rival winger Josh Murphy, but with all these wide options, the Wednesday chairman may be about to make a massive mistake.
One of the Owls’ key players has entered the final six months of his contract and amid his own transfer interest, the Thai businessman must strike before it’s too late.
Any new manager is going to want the very best players still at Hillsborough Stadium.
Indeed, Adam Reach is set to be out of contract at the end of the current campaign.
As a result of him being allowed to run down his £20k-per-week contract, it has alerted SPFL giants Celtic and Rangers, who as of right now, are free to offer him a pre-contract agreement and now have to fork out a mega transfer fee.
So Chansiri is in dangerous territory already.
It’s all well and good bringing in Green and potentially Murphy this month, but Reach is invaluable to the Owls, especially as the £2.88m-rated star is one of the most versatile members of the current squad.
Over the course of his four-and-a-half years at Hillsborough, Reach has been deployed in 11 different roles alone, so pretty much everywhere barring central defence and between the sticks.
That’s surely a dream for any new manager and the system they may want to utilise at the club as Reach could slot in anywhere and still do a solid job.
His importance shouldn’t be understated either as Wednesday reporter George Smith explained to The Athletic last season: “On his day, Reach can be one of the most influential players in the Championship,” before adding: “He is a very important player for Wednesday.”
Pulis even dubbed him a “top player” during the short time he was at the helm.
Forget Murphy, for the time being, Reach’s contract must be resolved as soon as possible.
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