Medical imminent as Wednesday close in on Serie A forward

Harry McMullen

Sheffield Wednesday are close to signing Parma forward Alessio Da Cruz on loan until the end of the season, according to reports.

The forward is expected to arrive at Hillsborough imminently for a medical with the Championship promotion hopefuls.

The 23-year-old spent the first part of the season on loan with the Italian Serie B outfit Ascoli – where he impressed in his short spell.

Reports in the Sheffield Star, suggest the Dutchman is on his way to England and will be signing for the Owls before the transfer window closes.

The striker is expected to arrive in South Yorkshire on Wednesday for a medical and he could be announced to fans as a new signing on the same day.

Wednesday boss, Garry Monk will be hoping da Cruz hits the ground running, as the Owls have been faltering of late in the Championship.



A poor run of fixtures over the festive period has seen Wednesday drop from third to 11th in the league – picking up three points from a possible 15.

Tuesday night’s defeat at the hands of Wigan illustrated Wednesday’s lack cutting edge in the final third – with the Owls missing a host of chances to put the game to bed.

Da Cruz is not the only January reinforcement at Hillsborough, 20-year-old Manuel Hidalgo was signed a free from the Italian third division side Triestina earlier in the week.

Wednesday will be keeping one eye on the pending EFL investigation over the club’s financial affairs.

The South Yorkshire side could be sanctioned by the EFL for the improper sale of Hillsborough to the club chairman Dejphon Chansiri.

Wednesday could yet face a points deduction, a transfer ban, a financial penalty or worse still, complete expulsion from the Football League.

Garry Monk had previously expressed that the looming sanctions were hard to ignore for him and his players.

If the club do receive a point sanction, da Cruz and Hidalgo may have to use their offensive threat to keep the Owls in the league, as opposed to a promotion push.