Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly eyeing a move for Portsmouth forward Ellis Harrison, according to The News.
Wednesday are playing their football in the third-tier of English football after being relegated from the Championship last term.
The Owls have recently been dealt a frustrating injury blow too, with news emerging that Josh Windass will be ruled out of action for the next two months.
Therefore, this means that it’s likely that Darren Moore will delve into the transfer market to find a suitable replacement for Windass, who netted ten goals in 44 appearances for Wednesday last term.
Harrison is one of the players he’s reportedly targeting, with the Pompey forward struggling for consistent minutes with the League One club in recent seasons.
Harrison has been with Portsmouth since 2019 and has scored 16 goals in 70 appearances for the club, having previously been on the books with Ipswich Town and Bristol Rovers.
The 27-year-old made 31 appearances in all competitions for Pompey last term, and scored six goals in that season, although his efforts weren’t enough to see them force themselves into the top-six, much to the frustration of the Fratton Park faithful.
A Windass replacement is certainly needed for Wednesday and Harrison could be the ideal player to fill that void.
The forward will feel as though he has a point to prove at this level, especially when he’s not been a regular in the Portsmouth starting XI in the last year. Harrison wasn’t involved in the matchday squad for Danny Cowley’s side on Saturday, and with a number of younger players being named amongst the substitutes instead, that could drop a sizeable hint that the forward is heading for the exit door sooner rather than later this summer.
This could turn out to be a shrewd investment by Wednesday, as they look to find a striker to fire them back into the Championship, with Harrison showing that he can score goals at this level, having netted ten goals in 39 appearances during the 2019/20 season for Pompey.
Speaking in an interview with The News earlier this year, Cowley labelled Harrison as a ‘great character and great personality’ as he returned from an injury lay-off.
“Ellis has great character and great personality, he brings a real energy to the group off the pitch. We’ve certainly missed him.”
Sheffield Wednesday are set to return to action next Saturday when they take on Doncaster Rovers, and it’ll be interesting to see whether they can get a deal for Harrison over the line between now and that clash at Hillsborough next weekend.
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