Sheffield Wednesday reportedly opted to sign Derby County’s Jack Marriott over West Bromwich Albion’s Kenneth Zohore due to issues over the finances of the deal and concerns over the latter’s fitness.
Wednesday signed Marriott on loan from Derby just ahead of the deadline for domestic transfers on Friday.
The Owls had been linked with a loan move for Zohore throughout the transfer window but they landed the Rams forward instead, with the 27-year-old joining Millwall before the deadline.
A report from Yorkshire Live has revealed the motivation behind Wednesday’s decision to opt for Marriott over the Baggies forward.
It is understood that Albion wanted the Owls to pay a big proportion of Zohore’s £40,000-a-week wages, which put the Owls hierarchy off.
The report also claimed that the Hillsborough outfit were concerned about the striker’s fitness levels and the amount of time it would take him to recover from the long-standing calf injury, which has kept him out since June.
Marriott made his debut for Wednesday in the 1-0 win against Birmingham City yesterday, coming off the bench for 13 minutes at St Andrew’s.
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The signing of Marriott looks like it could be a fantastic bit of business for the Owls and certainly less risky and better value than signing Zohore.
Millwall’s new striker has scored goals at this level in the past but he’s still carrying an injury and given the finances of the deal, it would’ve been a risky deal.
Marriott was a regular in the Derby side last term and the fact that he was involved just a day after signing shows that he’s ready to make an impact right now.