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Sheffield Wednesday look to capitalise on deadline day paperwork error to secure transfer of MLS star

SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY will make a new Duncan McGuire bid if they stay in the Championship.

The Orlando striker, 23, flew in from the USA for talks with the Owls on the last day of the window, but then opted for Blackburn instead.

Sheffield Wednesday will come back for Orlando City star Duncan McGuire

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Sheffield Wednesday will come back for Orlando City star Duncan McGuireCredit: Getty
Blackburn almost signed McGuire during the January transfer window

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Blackburn almost signed McGuire during the January transfer windowCredit: Getty

That deal collapsed after a paperwork error and McGuire is back in the MLS — but Wednesday and Blackburn are still keen.

Rovers owners Venky’s, meanwhile, held a summit at which it was expected chief exec Steve Waggott would get the axe — but he survived.

Secretary Ian Silvester could go after the McGuire cock-up.

Blackburn fans slammed club chiefs after their failure to land McGuire during the January transfer window.

This comes after the Championship side sold star man Adam Wharton to Crystal Palace on deadline day following a £22million deal.

The Rovers hierarchy explained the situation with a lengthy statement.

It read: “Duncan McGuire’s proposed loan move to Blackburn from MLS side Orlando City has not been approved by the EFL to date due to the registration documents being submitted after the 11pm transfer deadline.

“All of the necessary signed paperwork had been completed prior to 10pm on Thursday February 1st, however due to an administrative error, the forms were not processed within the prescribed time.

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“Detailed discussions with legal representatives and the relevant football authorities have taken place over the past few days to try to reach an urgent and positive resolution to the matter.

“The club’s lawyers have prepared the required papers and sent to the EFL Board, who will consider the case on Thursday February 8th.

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“Orlando City have allowed McGuire to remain in the UK, pending the EFL Board’s decision.

“He will return to the United States, where he will re-join his club ahead of the start of the 2024 MLS season, should his registration not be approved.

“Should the appeal be refused then Blackburn will attempt to reach a pre-contract agreement with Orlando City over the coming weeks to enable the player to officially join the club on a permanent basis when the 2024 summer transfer window opens.”

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