A major update has emerged on a Sheffield Wednesday transfer target, with Nigel Adkins speaking about Chuks Aneke’s future.
Charlton manager Nigel Adkins has dealt Sheffield Wednesday a transfer blow by dropping a major revelation over Chuks Aneke’s current situation. Adkins has revealed that Aneke wants to stay at Charlton heading into next season despite his contract expiring at the end of the month.
According to The Yorkshire Live, Aneke is a player Sheffield Wednesday have been looking at as a potential target for the summer window.
“We released three [players] and the others I wanted to stay at the football club.
“They have all said to me they want to stay, which is a big thing.”
“They and their agents are in negotiation with Steve Gallen, who is representing our football club in those negotiations and our budget.”
Earlier this year, former Charlton boss Lee Bowyer claimed that the attacker is “unplayable” on his day. He told London News Online:
“He was immense up there again today. He’s unplayable, on his day he’s unplayable. The only disappointing thing, if I’m him, is that he didn’t score more.
“To have that hunger and that aggression in the box, that hunger to score every time you get a chance. He could have had four today if he really wanted it but he got one and it’s won us the game. I’m really pleased for him, I thought he’s done really well.”
Sheffield Wednesday boss Darren Moore will be gutted by this update from Adkins as it could lead to the club missing out on a deal to sign Aneke on a free transfer.
He is out of contract at the end of this month and will be a free agent if he opts against extending his contract at The Valley. This could make him an ideal target for Wednesday given their financial problems behind the scenes as they wouldn’t need to shell out a transfer fee for his services, bypassing negotiations with another club.
However, Adkins’ comments seem to suggest that Aneke will not be running down his deal and will instead put pen to paper on a contract extension with Charlton.
Not only would that be a blow to Wednesday’s transfer plans but it would also be a major boost for Charlton. Wednesday could be competing with Adkins’ side to get out of League One next season and Aneke still playing for Charlton could aid their hopes of promotion, due to his impressive performances last term.
The £5.4k-per-week beast scored 15 League One goals for Charlton in the 2020/21 campaign. He was their top scorer in the division and scored six more goals than any Wednesday player managed in the Championship.
This suggests that Aneke would be an excellent addition to Wednesday’s squad next season, which is why him signing a new deal will leave Moore gutted.