Sheffield Wednesday are on the verge of completing their first signing of the January transfer window, according to emerging reports.
YorkshireLive revealed exclusively on Wednesday evening that The Owls were closing in on free-agent winger Andre Green as the Hillsborough outfit aim to move clear of the drop zone.
They claim that the 22-year-old is set to undergo a medical in south Yorkshire within the next 24 hours and that he has been a long-term target of the Owls’ hierarchy.
Green, who has been on Wednesday’s radar since the summer, has been out of contract since his departure from Aston Villa in July.
This is a rather encouraging sign, even despite the fact that Dejphon Chansiri still hasn’t appointed a successor to Tony Pulis, as bolstering the attack is something any new manager would need to do anyway.
As the sacked Welshman explained in early December, this current squad is hugely unbalanced, he told reporters (via The Star): “If you look at it, there are six centre-halves, and I don’t think we’ve got a left-back. We’ve got five tens, and really not a centre-forward.”
Aside from Jordan Rhodes, the Owls are certainly lacking a striker, which means that both Pulis and Monk considered summer signing Elias Kachunga a winger – indeed, the former Huddersfield man has played 130 matches on either flank throughout the course of his career.
He would be most at risk with the arrival of Green as he’s only featured in 559 minutes of Championship action all season, starting only five times, per Transfermarkt. If a new option is brought in, one who will move ahead of him in the pecking order, then Kachunga’s chances of getting game time will likely reduce even more, and he’s hardly a regular in the team now.
FootballLeagueWorld believe Kachunga could be one player looking for an exit this window, as a result.
Green may not have played at all since last season, but he’d still be a very viable alternative.
Despite only being 22, the left-winger has racked up 55 appearances in the Championship, where he has contributed towards six goals, via Transfermarkt.
During his final loan spell at Charlton Athletic last season, he drew high praise from striker Lyle Taylor, who dubbed the attacker a “real handful,” whilst Villa reporter Ashley Preece believes he can be “unplayable on his day” – and he’s seen him in action first hand.
Wednesday currently rank second-worst in the Championship for goals scored, having bagged only 15 times in 23 outings, so clearly, adding someone who is a nuisance in attack should help aid that cause.
A shrewd, bargain move by Chansiri.
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