SHEFFIELD Wednesday are still confident of securing a fresh loan deal for Sunderland frontman Connor Wickham.
The England Under-21 striker was an unused substitute in last night’s 1-0 victory over Stoke City after Sunderland opted to end the £8million man’s spell at Hillsborough earlier this week.
Sunderland are thought to have activated Wickham’s recall clause on Monday morning, due to injury fears over fellow striker Steven Fletcher, who was restricted to an outing from the bench last night.
But with Gus Poyet ready to hold talks with Wickham before tomorrow’s transfer deadline, Wednesday boss Stuart Gray is hopeful that the 20-year-old will re-join the Owls after netting eight times in 11 games for the Championship side.
When asked whether he believes there’s a chance Wickham will return to South Yorkshire, Gray replied: “Yes, very much so.
“It’s a case of being in dialogue with Gus and Sunderland, and Connor wants to come back as well.
“He was hugely disappointed he had to go back.
“Fingers crossed we can get him back.”
Gray admits it was a shock that Sunderland decided to end Wickham’s loan spell, which was due to end after Tuesday’s Sky Bet Championship clash at Millwall.
“It was a bolt from the blue,” added the new Wednesday boss.
“We’d gone out training and I got a phone call.
“There was some technicality where they had to call Connor back before 12. I was under the impression that if they didn’t call him back he wouldn’t be eligible (for last night’s game).”