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MetiNews.Com - The Danish striker was high on Owls manager Garry Monk's wish list at the start of the transfer window but ended up joining Championship rivals Millwall on deadline-day
Breaking News ! It was a transfer saga which dragged on for the best part of two months. It is well-documented Sheffield Wednesday tried to add Kenneth Zohore to their attacking ranks in the most recent transfer window. However, the Owls were unable to thrash out a deal with West Bromwich Albion to bring in the Danish striker on a season-long loan. Wednesday spoke to the player about a potential move and Zohore was keen to sign up to their Championship survival battle. But the Baggies played hardball over Zohore's £40,000-a-week wage and demanded the Owls pick up a big proportion of his salary. Their terms put Wednesday off. And the Owls' hierarchy also had big reservations over Zohore's fitness levels and how long it would take to get him up to full match sharpness. The centre-forward is still recovering from a long-standing calf injury and not played a competitive match since June. Given the perilous situation Wednesday find themselves in at the foot of the table with their 12-point deficit, manager Garry Monk needs new players to come in and make an instant impact. Zohore would have been an expensive and risky signing. WBA allowed Zohore to head to Millwall on deadline-day but it remains to be seen when the former Danish Under-21 international will be available for first-team duty. Zohore, who cost the Baggies a reported £8m in 2019, will remain at The Den until the middle of January. “I’m delighted to be joining Millwall Football Club, and I’m starving for some football,” said Zohore. "I can’t wait to get going. I’m here to play football and win games. Read More Related Articles Flint's leadership qualities, Bannan's anger and other Sheffield Wednesday moments missed Read More Related Articles Aitor Karanka pulls no punches after Birmingham City's home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday "I had a chat with the manager and he told me how he’d like to work with me. I’ve come here to score goals and help the team win games. "I’ve been in The Championship for years now, so I know what it’s all about. There are many games coming up now, and I hope to be involved in them." After pulling out of the race to sign Zohore, the Owls turned their attentions to Jack Marriott.
New Owls signing Jack Marriott. (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
Wednesday held off strong competition from a number of Championship clubs, including Swansea City, Cardiff City, Middlesbrough and Millwall, to sign the striker on loan from Derby County. "It was probably earlier on in the week that my agent heard of the interest and it was very appealing to me," confirmed Marriott after joining the Owls on a temporary basis on Friday. "I just want to be playing and enjoying my football. "I am delighted to be here and want to kick on now."
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In stark contrast to Zohore, Marriott headed to Hillsborough on the back of regular game time at Pride Park this season. The 26-year-old made his Owls debut as a late second half replacement in their 1-0 triumph at Birmingham City yesterday. Monk said: "Everyone knows he's a proven goal-scorer. We looked at him when I was at Birmingham. "I know a lot about him and the opportunity came up to sign him.
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"I don't think he was available all the way through and we had a lot of competition. A lot of people wanted him but, speaking to Jack, I didn't have to do a lot of convincing. He wanted to come here and he understood what we are about. "It's what I like about all of the ones that have come in. The 12 points could easily have put a lot of players off. It's not the most attractive situation but it's not even been an issue for all of the ones that have come in. "They have wanted to come here and play for this club and play with this group of players and do well. I think that's telling in the spirit you can see amongst them."
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