Sheffield Wednesday fans in the Transfer Tavern will be keeping a keen eye on developments at Hillsborough, as it seems Luhakey is keen on bringing in a centre back to the club, although the overall agenda continues to be to cut down the wage bill and the bloated squad size.
It is understood Luhakey believes it is important to increase the competition for places (as per the Star) in Wednesday’s defensive line, although the general objective to reduce the squad size remains.
Frederico Venancio, who had a successful loan spell at Hillsborough last season, should be the number one target for Luhakey. An agreement parent club Vitoria de Setubal over the player still needs to be reached, though there needs to be one soon. Indeed, Luhakey has opted not to offer Glenn Loovens another new contract at the South Yorkshire club. At 34, and nearing the end of his career, it seems sensible that Luhakey wanted to move the player on in favour of the Portuguese 25 year old.
The right-footed centre back Venancio is valued at £1.8m by Transfermarkt, and his signature would likely come as welcome news to Wednesday fans. Overall, however, a complete overhaul of the squad is needed.
A shake up at Hillsborough, which gets rid of faces who are simply not performing or need a new lease of life away from Sheffield, would push Wednesday back to the right end of the table. Players such as Jordan Rhodes could fetch a good value, which should be re-invested into the squad bringing new and exciting talent to Hillsborough.
Venancio would likely be a solid addition for the Owls, with Luhakey pointing out competition for places at Wednesday need to be increased. However, the priority for Wednesday should surely be focused on bringing a creative midfielder to the club. Finishing a lowly 15th last season, the Owls sorely lacked creativity in the middle of the park, their strikers often working off scraps.