CARLOS CARVALHAL remains confident that Sheffield Wednesday will make a further transfer plunge in the next week, but is giving nothing away about the identities of any targets.
The Owls are being strongly linked with a season-loan move for Norwich City’s Gary Hooper as they seek to end their search for a proven Championship marksman.
Wednesday are reportedly in talks with Norwich and are willing to pay a £500,000 loan fee for Hooper – and cover all of his £32,000-a-week wages.
On his quest for signings, head coach Carvalhal, waiting on fitness updates regarding Lucas Joao, Keiren Westwood and Glenn Loovens, said: “I will not talk about names. We are working. I said before that when the transfer window closes, anything can happen.
“Let’s see what happens in the next days. I don’t talk about names until the player will be here. We don’t have any new players at this moment.
“Let’s see at the end of the transfer (window); I’m waiting.”
Despite the Owls’ gruelling schedule and several key players struggling ahead of today’s clash, Carvalhal is loathe to use the itinerary as an excuse.
He said: “We don’t like excuses and I never talk about excuses.
“The players that we are missing, of course if we had more solutions we would be more strong and have more options. This is normal.
“If we had players like Joao at this moment and Keiren and Loovens, who have had some problems – of course we’d be more strong.
“But if the players are not ready, we say sorry to them and life continues and I will trust in all of our players 200 per cent.
“You saw this in the last match when we put in, for example young (Liam) Palmer. He didn’t play and wasn’t in the squad against Reading and he played very well in the match.
“For us, this is very important to create a good dynamic. Against Oxford, it will be the same.
“We will play the players who are for the right strategy. The players who haven’t any problems can play 100 per cent, but not 95 per cent.
“We will put out the best team we have at the moment as we respect the opponent as it will not be an easy match. It will be a very hard match.”
Last six: Sheffield Wednesday DWWLDD; Oxford WDWDWD.
Referee: D Webb (Co.Durham).
Last time: Sheffield Wednesday 1 Oxford 1; September 16, 1996; League Cup.