Striker Sharp 27 above has been out of favour at St Mary’s since the arrival of manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Wednesday want Sharp – a lifelong Sheffield United fan – on a six-month loan deal with a view to a permanent switch but they face competition from several other clubs.

The Owls are badly lacking in the striking department after giving Gary Madine the rest of the month off to prepare for a court case. The 22-year-old is accused of affray and causing grievous bodily harm on a night out in Sheffield last year and is due in Leeds Crown Court on September 2.

Owls boss Dave Jones said: “The club has taken a decision to allow Gary to concentrate fully on his court case.