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2nd February 2024 22:20


Nigel Clough told iFollow Stags, Fri 2 Feb 2024

"The other (transfer target) was a long shot. We were dealing with a club that was a little bit tricky to deal with, so about 4 or 5 days ago we assessed we didn't think that was going to happen."


Lee Gregory's Sheffield Wednesday situation 'not the best' amid fear of Marvin Johnson repeat
Sheffield Star, By Alex Miller, 2 Feb 2024

Lee Gregory and Danny Röhl can 'look one another in the eye' with no issues after deadline day came and went without the veteran striker leaving the club, the Sheffield Wednesday says.

The Star and other outlets reported throughout the window that Gregory was of interest to a handful of clubs that could offer him playing time after a run of 90 days in which he was selected for just one solitary matchday squad, with Röhl keen to move Wednesday in a fresh direction up front.

Derby County twice came in strong for the former Stoke City man in the January transfer window - including on deadline day itself - but were unable to strike a deal with the Owls understood to have demanded a high wage contribution one source close to the proposed deal described as 'unrealistic'.


Given how far he seems to be down the pecking order at Wednesday and with Röhl having made clear the free agent market will be sought for further additions to the squad, it remains to be seen whether he will be included in the club's 25-man registration list, due to be lodged with the EFL in the coming days. If left off the list, he will not be eligible to play for the Owls in a situation fate to that suffered by Marvin Johnson before a subsequent u-turn on his registration when Röhl stepped into the dugout in place of Xisco in October.

The German coach maintained throughout the window that players on the books will be treated as part of the squad regardless of their standing at the club. In theory, players can be loaned out to non-league outfits outside of the transfer window but it seems an unlikely prospect for such a senior player and given Wednesday's previous wage contribution expectations.

"Lee is here, which means he is part of our team," Röhl said on Friday. "It is not the best situation, he knows this. I had talks with him in the morning and we both have a clear picture. The important thing is that we can look at each other in the eyes and we know what we did in the last weeks and what we tried. There was a decision also between the clubs. As a manager and as a player sometimes you have to stay in a position. You cannot influence all the things that happen at a different level and that's it.

"We will go forward. He is a very professional player and his behaviour in the last months since I arrive here is unbelievable even when he has played not so much. That shows a lot. He is a good player, he is fit, he can run. Let's take a look at his future and what happens then maybe after the summer. He is a great guy."


Derby County transfer news live: Warne chases forward amid Gregory twist
derbytelegraph.co.uk, by Leigh Curtis, 1 Feb 2024

Lee Gregory update
It is my understanding and as I responded to somebody last night by saying I would be surprised if the deal got done, that the chances of Gregory arriving before 11pm are incredibly remote.

Wednesday haven't proven the easiest club to deal with. First it was Michael Smith and Gregory. So unless some clubs bow to Wednesday demands those two players will be staying and hardly playing. Madness.



Clough told iFollow Stags, Tues 30 Jan 2024:

"The main target (for striker transfer) has about gone now, we have moved on to a couple of others. We put in a very very good offer, but it looks as though the striker will go elsewhere to a higher league.
"An attacking midfielder and two strikers we've got earmarked. The chairman's been absolutely fantastic and given us the green light to go for all three, so we're going to try to get all three if we can. If we get two - brilliant. And then we'll see from that point if anybody goes out.


Derby County register interest in second Sheffield Wednesday striker - clubs in talks
thestar.co.uk, By Alex Miller, 30th Jan 2024

Sheffield Wednesday have received contact from Derby County around the availability of a second of their strikers after well-known interest in Michael Smith, The Star understands.

The Rams are looking to bring goals into their squad to beef-up their League One promotion battle and have long since spoken to Wednesday with regard to a possible loan transfer for Smith, who it is believed is available for the right deal, though it's understood the Owls would ideally prefer a handsome fee and a permanent switch.

Sources have now told The Star that Lee Gregory also represents a short-term option for Derby, who have enquired about the possibility of taking him on loan for the rest of the season. It is understood that it is likely a 'one or the other' situation rather than them wanting to take both players. Wednesday are believed to be holding out for a strong contribution to Gregory's wages.


Any deal will prove especially difficult given Derby are the subject of restrictions on their spending having agreed on a business plan with the EFL in the wake of administration that cost them a place in the Championship. There is hope work can be done to facilitate the deal but the two clubs would have to come closer together in valuation. Gregory is also believed to be of interest to a handful of other clubs including an ambitious League Two side - as reported by The Star in December. A switch to that League Two outfit is looking increasingly unlikely.

Wednesday boss Rohl has spoken about a desire to move on players unlikely to play a part in the second half of the season and avoid the situation Marvin Johnson found himself in for the first half of the campaign; unregistered and unable to play. Gregory is believed to be among the players the German is keen to re-home. Wednesday are on the hunt for fresh striker options, with Orlando City forward Duncan McGuire at the top of their wish list.

"Of course," Rohl told The Star when asked about the possibility of players being left unregistered. "It would not be the best solution and we are trying at the moment to make sure we do not have that situation where we have more than 25 players. If there is a scenario like that then we will take a look at how we can handle the situation. This is important, to have open conversations. We can be honest and it makes things easier even if you might be disappointed."


Rob Staton @robstaton BBC Radio Sheffield, 30 Jan 2024

What I'm hearing with Michael Smith & Lee Gregory. Smith is not available for loan, Gregory is. Several clubs are showing interest in Gregory but the difference in valuation between #SWFC and those clubs is sizeable. We'll see how this plays out before the deadline closes.


chad.co.uk, By John Lomas, Mon 15 Jan 2024

Mansfield Town are staying patient over their number one January transfer target, despite devastating news over the injury to striker Rhys Oates.

Nigel Clough had hoped to bring a striker in last week but the deal is still in the air - and he admitted he can only wait so long.

“We are still making enquiries and there is still the main one we are waiting for a definitive answer on,” he said.


“That is the problem and at some point we will have to move on from that number one target.

“But at the moment we are still pursuing him.

“There are a few clubs in for the player and it's the other club making the decision on where they want him to go.

“It's very difficult to judge how long we wait. We get responses from the club and we are trying to weight it up all the time.

“The last thing we want to do is move on and bring someone else in, and then they say you can have him now. We are only halfway through the window as well.

“So we do have to be a little more patient and maybe give it another week or so.”


'Human' consideration as Sheffield Wednesday work with Lee Gregory over future
Sheffield Star, By Alex Miller, 15 Jan 2024

The commitment and professionalism of Sheffield Wednesday forward Lee Gregory has been praised by Owls boss Danny Rohl amid continued speculation around his future at the club.

The former Stoke City man, who has fan favourite status earned over two seasons of committed displays during the club's time in League One, has become a fringe figure in Rohl's time at the club and partly through injury has made only one brief appearance since starting a 3-0 defeat at Plymouth Argyle 82 days ago.

Gregory has returned to Middlewood Road after missing time on the training ground due to having undertaken emergency dental surgery last month. Wednesday have since strengthened their attacking options with the loan signing of Ike Ugbo with Gregory understood to be of interest to a number of clubs. Reports suggest promotion-challenging League Two sides Mansfield Town and Wrexham are hopeful of taking the 35-year-old and The Star is aware of at least one other club that are admirers.

Asked whether or not it is likely Gregory has played his last game in Wednesday colours, Rohl said: "Let's have a look. He is back in training, he has not trained for two weeks. I have seen a Lee Gregory who runs a lot, he fights a lot, he gave good signs. He knows the situation and honestly he has done an outstanding job in the last months.


"Even if he hasn't played, he has been very focussed, he has been in the right direction and he has supported all the players. This is a fantastic sign for me and I have learned a lot about his character. If you are disappointed sometimes you can be down, but he has been focussed with lots of energy."

Rohl acknowledged the human side to transfer decisions and has made clear that any players moving in or out of the club this month will be given clarity and that open and honest discussions will be had as to what happens next. He suggested Wednesday are mulling the next move of Gregory and that decisions will be made one way or another by all parties in the coming fortnight.

"We will see what is the best for him, what he wants to do and this decision we will make as a club in the next weeks," Röhl continued. "Lee, the club, I know the situation and it is about what we can do together to make a good decision. He is still a part of the team, he is in the meetings, he has trained well. All the things you need from a professional in a team he has done, he has been respectful.

"Behind the player is a human, there is a human side and this is what we have to understand as a manager. We will bring all this together and you will see how we make the decision in the next weeks."


Nigel Clough told iFollow Stags, Tues 9 Jan 2024:

"An offer has gone in to a club for a loan, and we're waiting for the club to respond."

What type of striker are you after?
"A good one. Who will get us the odd goal!"


Sheffield Wednesday forward the subject of interest from ambitious EFL club
Sheffield Star, By Alex Miller, Thur 28 Dec 2023

Out-of-favour Sheffield Wednesday forward Lee Gregory is the subject of interest from an ambitious League Two club keeping a close eye on his availability in January, The Star understands.

The Owls striker has been a fringe figure in recent weeks, with the emergence of teenager Bailey Cadamarteri one of a handful of reasons manager Danny Rohl has named him in just one matchday squad since the start of November.

Gregory emerged from the bench late on in the weekend's defeat to Cardiff City but was again left at home for their trip to Coventry City on Boxing Day. It adds up to an uncertain future for the former Stoke City man, whose influence last season played a huge part in Wednesday's dramatic promotion last season. He provided the immortal assist for Josh Windass' goal in the League One play-off final at Wembley.


Röhl has spoken about the need to move players on in the forthcoming January transfer window as he seeks to freshen the changing room with new faces and meetings have been had with players who the club will seek to be moved on.

The Star understands a handful of EFL clubs are admirers of Gregory and will keep a close eye on his situation in the new year. One club known to be interested in the potential signing can be described as 'an ambitious League Two club', though others are said to be keen on the 35-year-old. It remains to be seen whether Gregory would be interested in a move to the fourth tier or what other opportunities could arise.

Speaking after Wednesday missed chances to get back into the game at Coventry last time out, Rohl made clear a strengthening of the club's forward line was something he was looking to achieve by the time the transfer window closes at the end of next month.

"I think we know this," he told BBC Sheffield when asked whether a striker was top of his shopping list. "We need in front some players that have maybe really the quality to finish. This is in the whole team and you can see this is a team that is able to compare with our opponents.

"I have never seen a game since I arrive here that we weren't in the game, OK maybe you look back and maybe Millwall, but in this game we had many chances. This is the good point, we can face every opponent but also to take something we need everything and we must be much more clinical in both boxes."