Sheffield Wednesday’s head coach Stuart Gray is hoping to complete the signing of French youngster Florian Tardieu before the Owls head back home from their pre-season training camp in Slovenia. An undisclosed fee has been agreed between Wednesday and Tardieu’s current club, FC Istres, and it is understood that the Frenchman is hoping to relocate to Sheffield to play his football in the Championship. However, the only hazard in the deal which continues to frustrate Gray is the current situation regarding the takeover of the club. It has been a month since Azerbaijani businessman Hafiz Mammadov concluded a deal with Milan Mandaric to purchase Sheffield Wednesday, but the impending buy out still hasn’t been ratified by the Football League. Tardieu should be officially unveiled as an Owl when or if the takeover is officially completed.
The 22 year old put in some superb performances last season for Istres in Ligue 2, although the central midfielder couldn’t prevent the club from sliding through the relegation trapdoor and falling into the third tier of French football. Wednesday boss Gray told the Sheffield Star: “Florian is a creative midfielder. He has got a good range of passing with both feet. He can pass it short or long and he’s got a good engine. Hopefully we can get it sorted before we comeback from Slovenia.”
So far the Yorkshiremen have recruited Kieren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson, whilst also renewing the contracts of Chris Kirkland, Glenn Loovens and Jose Semedo. The takeover will have to be ratified before significant money is taken out of Sheffield Wednesday’s bank.