Date: 29th June 2016 at 3:00pm
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Sheffield Wednesday lead the chase to land Scottish youngster Ryan Gauld on loan for a full season, according to the The Star.

The 5ft 5in attacking midfielder currently plays for Portuguese title contenders Sporting since his arrival from Dundee United back in 2014.

A fee of £3 million saw Gauld move away from Tannadice Park on a six-year contract and has mainly featured for Sporting’s reserve team squad.

Gauld; 20, nicknamed the ‘Scottish Messi’ due to his ability to run past defenders with the ball glued to his feet, supposedly has a whopping €60m buy-out clause.

Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

Scotland starlet Gauld – Photo: Simon Stacpoole / Offside.

The Sporting number 27 has made 64 league appearances for Sporting B, netting on eight occasions.

Having only made two first-team appearances in two years, Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal may use his Portuguese connections in order to complete a loan swoop for the Scotland Under-21 international having previously managed Sporting back in 2009/2010.

Scottish internationals Barry Bannan and Ross Wallace may also temp Gauld into a move to Hillsborough.

Tough, physically exerting Championship football may be ideal for Gauld to help develop his skill and ability to the next level?

Loan Possibility: 5/10 

Sheffield Wednesday are also in pursuit of Middlesbrough duo Adam Forshaw and Adam Reach, according to The Northern Echo. 

The Owls are understood to be interested in making season-long loan bids for the Riverside pair.

Forshaw; 24, began his youth career at Everton and signed for Middlesbrough in 2015 from Wigan Athletic for around £2m.

The Boro central midfielder still has a couple of years remaining on his current contract and has made 45 league appearances spanning over two seasons, scoring twice.

However, the Boro number 34 only made 13 starts last season, hence a potential loan move away from the club.

Middlesbrough’s recent promotion to the Premier League may also see Forshaw fall further down the pecking order as manager Aitor Karanka looks to strengthen his squad to compete at the top level.

Loan Possibility: 8.5/10

Photo: Steve Parkin

Boro’s Reach spent the 2015/16 season on loan with Preston – Photo: Steve Parkin / Offside.

Reach; 23, has been at Boro over seven years having begun his youth career there back in 2009. The Boro number 20 can play either at left-back or in his preferred position on the left wing.

Reach has made only 63 league starts for Boro, scoring six goals over a six-year period. Recent years have seen the 6ft 1in winger subject to loan moves away from the club, having spent last season with newly promoted Championship team Preston North End – where he made 35 league appearances, netting on four occasions.

The former England Under-20 international still has three years remaining on his current contract.

Since the return of Daniel Pudil to parent club Watford, a left-back will certainly be on Wednesday’s radar over the summer months. Reach most likely fit’s the bill.

Loan Possibility: 7/10

 
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