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Owls Set For £300k Bougherra Swoop

Owls Set For £300k Bougherra Swoop

Owls boss Paul Sturrock is set to make a £300,000 swoop for highly-rated young Algerian defender Madjid Bougherra, who impressed on-loan at Crewe this season.

As reported on Vital Sheffield Wednesday last week, Wednesday are among a host of Premiership and Championship clubs chasing the Gueugnon defender, and are now willing to put their money where their mouth is with a 300k bid to bring Bougherra to Hillsborough.

Sturrock has said he wants to bring at least five new players in to boost his squad ahead of the 2006/2007 season, and has been given the go-ahead to increase the wage budget at the club by Chairman Dave Allen.

The 23-year-old moved to Crewe on-loan at the end of January in a bid to help them avoid relegation to League One. He appeared 11 times for the Railwaymen, including the 2-0 victory over the Owls at Gresty Road in April.

Alex only lost three times in the eleven Bougherra appeared in since his loan-move, but it was not enough to keep the Railwaymen in the Championship. The French-born defender impressed a number of English clubs during his stay here, and his French club Gueugnon are likely to accept offers around the £300k mark.

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Date:Sunday May 14 2006
Time: 12:42PM


hes a great player would be great for anyone who bought him.
14/05/2006 14:58:00
with him, cocko and woody at the back we would have a good centre back department
14/05/2006 17:26:00
oh yeah, sorted across the whole defense, bullen,simek,hills,gilbert,wood,cocko,bischoff and this new lad.
14/05/2006 17:30:00
Im still not sure about hills, hes good going forward but he doesnt fill me with confidence at the back. Saying that I dont think Sturrock will go for a new left back, his priority will be a centre back. He may use wingbacks next season, which would probably suit the current defensive structure we have.
14/05/2006 18:28:00
sorry to say, but we wont get him. More likly to go to a prem team
15/05/2006 12:48:00
I've only seen Bougherra play one but Id still take him over Bischoff (I dont think Bischoff is a bad player btw, just fed up of crocks being at S6!)
15/05/2006 16:21:00
great to see him at the club. top signing
20/05/2006 14:14:00
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