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SHEFFIELD Wednesday boss Stuart Gray has revealed that Coventry City have not yet spoken to the club about taking Gary Madine on a permanent deal.

Sky Blues boss Steven Pressley had been keen to turn the 24-year-old striker's loan spell into a full-time deal.

Madine played his last scheduled game for City at Yeovil at the weekend but is not due to return to Hillsborough until Friday when his temporary agreement runs out.

Pressley has previously spoken about his desire to sign the target man but admitted last month that it would be tough for two reasons, firstly that the Owls may want a fee but, secondly, because City wouldn't be the only show in town.

"I think Sheffield will be in a situation where there are a lot of suitors for Gary," he said in December. "That's the reality of the situation... and it's a case of whether we can secure him permanently or not.

"They may well want a fee and if they do then it's going to be very dif-dif ficult to bring him here. And the reality is there will be a queue the length of my arm that will take a fit Gary Madine who has been playing regular first-team football. But we're going to try." Whether City have had a change of heart following Madine's patchy form in recent weeks remains to be seen, but Gray revealed: "Coventry haven't been in touch about a permanent transfer - all they asked me for was to take him on loan. We have not had that conversation with them."

He added: "He's coming back. It can't be extended because it was a 93 day loan and it expires on Friday.

"We will welcome Gary back. He's got game time under his belt.

"Whether Gary comes in and that allows someone else to go out on loan, we will have to wait and see but he will come back fit.

"He wasn't getting a run in our firstteam but he's a Sheffield Wednesday player unless I get a call or Gary says he wants to leave. We will have to sit down and discuss that with him."

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jan 27, 2015
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