Darren Moore’s Sheffield Wednesday side are interested in a move for Chuks Aneke this summer.
That’s according to a report by Yorkshire Live, who claim that the Owls are keeping a very close eye on the situation of the Charlton forward, whose contract at The Valley is set to expire next month.
It is also reported that Blackburn Rovers are taking an interest in the £360k-rated 27-year-old, whose name has allegedly been “put forward” to Wednesday as a potential summer signing.
With Wednesday heading for something of a summer clearout in the close season, with a whopping 17 first team players being on contracts that expire in June, Darren Moore will certainly have his work cut out in the transfer window ahead of the club’s League One campaign next season.
However, signing a player of Aneke’s quality would certainly be a brilliant first step in building a team that is capable of bouncing straight back to the Championship at the first attempt.
Over the £5.4k-per-week forward’s 38 League One appearances for Charlton last season, Aneke scored a whopping 15 goals, provided two assists and created three big chances, as well as taking an average of 2.3 shots and making 0.6 key passes per game, culminating in a highly impressive average SofaScore match rating of 7.03 – ranking him as Nigel Adkin’s fifth-best performer in the third tier.
What makes these metrics all the more remarkable, however, is that the Arsenal academy product only actually started 11 league games for the Addicks last season, with the forward playing an average of just 40 minutes per game over his 38 appearances.
And, aside from his obvious goalscoring talent, another string to Aneke’s bow is his contract situation.
With Moore more than likely having to utilise the loan and free agent market this summer due to Wednesday’s rather dire financial situation, the fact the Charlton striker is on a deal that expires in June is a huge bonus for the Owls – with Aneke undoubtedly being one of the standout League One free agents come next month.
So, because of all of the evidence above, Dejphon Chansiri simply must sanction a Sheffield Wednesday move for the forward Lee Bowyer dubbed “unplayable” this summer, as he very much has the potential to help fire the Owls straight back up next season.