Sheffield Wednesday: Has the transfer embargo been lifted? What Owls fans can expect from this transfer window


The Star has received a number of questions about the transfer window, including whether Wednesday is finally allowed to spend, how much they are likely to be able to spend and which areas of the squad they will be looking to strengthen.

A lot can change quickly in a transfer window and we’ll have a better idea of ​​the lay of the field once the club’s ‘released and retained’ list is made public, but here’s a quick look at what we can expect to happen this summer.

Is the transfer embargo lifted?

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Dejphon Chansiri, owner of Sheffield Wednesday.

Technically speaking, they were never subject to an explicit transfer embargo per se, even though they were in all but name.

Wednesday were limited to free agent signings, loan signings and transfers from clubs willing to tear up player registrations for nothing – negotiations they managed to complete in the cases of Lee Gregory, George Byers and Saido Berahino.

It would have been part of a punishment for players’ repeated failure to pay on points last season.

The ’embargo-lite’ – and the threat of a points deduction if these payment issues reoccur – still had to be lifted in time for the next summer transfer window.

Wednesdays are therefore open for business.

So can we expect Darren Moore to receive a transfer monster?

Not enough. Actually not at all. The days of monster transfer war chests on Wednesday are over, it seems.

Owls owner Dejphon Chansiri spoke last year about the need to push the club in a more “self-sufficient” direction and a cursory review of their recently released accounts shows there isn’t much room for improvement. maneuver for expenditure of several million pounds.

It’s important to remember that these accounts are from the 2020/21 season, but with the failed promotion mission this season, the belt will have to tighten further as they prepare for another season of League revenue. One.

It’s nothing new on Wednesday and it’s been a long time since the megabuck transfers of Jordan Rhodes, Adam Reach et al. In fact, the last players bought for cash were Josh Windass and Callum Paterson in September 2020.

What did Dejphon Chansiri say?

Speaking to local media, including The Star earlier this year, to confirm restrictions would be lifted this summer and reiterated his stance that he will not oppose a manager’s transfer wishes – but reasonably.

He said: “We will be able to buy players again in the next window and I always tell my managers that I will support them as much as possible, within reason.

“The coach will have the last word, no matter what I think, I can agree or disagree, but it’s up to the coach, who I have always supported when possible.”

What he made clear is that the club are not going to throw money away just because they can.

He hinted at a more fiscally responsible transfer policy that will suit the team Darren Moore hopes to build.

“For us it’s not about spending money or not spending money, it’s about who we think is a suitable player for us,” he said.

“Paying a transfer fee does not guarantee a player will be better than a free transfer or a loan – it depends on the player.

“Also, it is sometimes more expensive to loan out a player than to buy another. Sometimes with a player on loan or a free transfer you can spend more.

“For example, if we buy a player but the wages are lower, it is cheaper than getting a free transfer or loaning a player with high wages… We try to sign the one who is right for us .”

When will we know the exits?

When it comes to players coming to the end of their contracts – these include top first-team names such as Sam Hutchinson, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Jack Hunt and Massimo Luongo – EFL rules say clear that Wednesday must let them know their intentions before May 21.

Once this is done, the club will likely release a ‘released and retained list’ in due course – although they are not necessarily obliged to do so – showing who will be released, who have had contract extensions triggered and at who they offered new contracts. .

The EFL will publish a league-wide list on June 11.

Some 12 days passed between the last day of the season and the release of Wednesday’s roster last season, although there is a hint that could come sooner this season.

What areas will they seek to strengthen?

It’s going to be another busy one.

Starting from the back, it looks unlikely that Bailey Peacock-Farrell will return to the club and Joe Wildsmith is likely to end his long stint at S6. Even with the return of Cameron Dawson, it seems likely that Wednesday will dive into the market for at least one goaltender.

Dominic Iorfa is the only confirmed senior centre-half to be signed for next season – although Ciaran Brennan is too and Liam Palmer could play in a back three – meaning the focus will be on bodies at the back. ‘back.

The midfield looks reasonably well placed but reinforcements will be sought on a large scale, particularly if Jack Hunt takes time off.

And up ? Don’t be surprised to see a striker or two come through the door, especially if Saido Berahino moves on.


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