Cardiff City have passed up the opportunity to sign Lewis McGugan from Sheffield Wednesday this summer, reports the Sheffield Star.
McGugan spent two weeks on trial with Cardiff this summer, but Neil Warnock has turned down the opportunity to sign the midfielder, following the arrival of other targets at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Lee Tomlin has arrived in Wales to link up with Warnock ahead of the 2017/18 campaign, which has led to McGugan returning to Hillsborough.
The 28-year-old is not training with Wednesday’s first-team, and has been sent to train with the club’s under-23 squad, whilst remaining on the transfer list.
McGugan has one-year remaining on the deal he signed at Hillsborough in 2015, and has cut a frustrated figure over the last 12-months, with Carlos Carvalhal failing to use the midfielder.
The midfielder has not featured for the Owls since the final day of the 2015/16 campaign, when he scored in a 2-1 defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Since making his loan move to Hillsborough permanent in the summer of 2015, McGugan has made just 17 appearances for Wednesday, with only five of those coming in a Championship starting XI.
Prior to his disappointing spell in South Yorkshire, McGugan was influential for both Nottingham Forest and Watford, scoring 50 goals in 242 league appearances between 2006 and 2014.
During his time with Forest and Watford, McGugan was one of the Football League’s stars, with his goalscoring exploits from midfield making him one of the best around.
It is difficult to see the 28-year-old’s talent getting wasted at Hillsborough, and his time in South Yorkshire appears to be coming to an end, with Carvalhal keen to move him on.
Cardiff have turned down the opportunity to sign McGugan, but another Championship or League One club could still give him a route out of Hillsborough this summer.
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