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Owls Fail In Ferguson Bid

Owls boss Paul Sturrock has ended his interest in bringing former Everton and Newcastle United striker Duncan Ferguson to Hillsborough on a pay-as-you-play offer.

Vital Sheffield Wednesday revealed Ferguson was high on Paul Sturrock's wanted list after being released from his time at Goodison Park at the end of last season.

Sturrock told BBC Radio Sheffield: 'He's an exceptional talent although he had injury problems last year. I'm not writing him off, I'm sure he'll find a Premiership home.'

But it seems the interest has ended after the Scot wanted to secure a minimum 12-month contract - with the Owls only wanting to offer a pay-as-you-play deal.

Ferguson had injury problems last season but is still likely to attract a high amount of interest from clubs in the Premiership, Championship and the SPL. The Owls' Championship rivals Norwich City are also said to be keen on his signature.

The former Scottish International moved to Dundee United in 1990 and spent three years there, making 75 league appearances and netting 28 goals along the way.

He then made a big money move to Glasgow Rangers but only made eight league appearances for the Ibrox club before being loaned out to Everton and eventually making a permanent move for 4 million in 1994.

Ferguson has made over 150 appearances for the Toffees in two stints at the Merseyside club. He's bagged over 60 goals during his time there. He also moved to Newcastle United in-between his two Everton stints, where he made 24 appearances and scoring eight goals.

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Date:Tuesday May 30 2006

Time: 3:08PM

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nice try
green giant 12
thank god for that,we dont need him force us into long ball game that doesnt suit us,he would be off the pitch more thru injury and suspension than on it
carlton owl
Sensible to stick to pay as you play deal, the big feller will be fortunate to get someone to gamble on his fitness and discilplinary record.
I think its probably the right thing to do, but I'd have liked to see him at Hillsborough, and Im sure he'll find some other club at Championship level at the least.
At least we're looking at offering contracts to these type of players (NOT the injured type :)), surely a good thing for the club.
Agree: good to aim high, very sensible due to his record to offer a pay to play, not just because of injury but disciplinary reasons too :-)
Auckland Owl
Pay as you play, no-one going to sign under those terms?
we haven't got the money to waste on a full time contract for someone who would be lucky to play 10 games
I don't see why he wouldn't sign under those terms miked. As anyone who knows anything know... he was out for a lot of last season and also said he couldn't last another season in the prem. A damn good move i'd say. A fairly big wage packet, but only when you play.
i can just picture how our season could have gone next season if we didn't have a sensible manager. Bishoff and Ferguson signed on big contracts for 3 and 2 years then spend the entire time injured.
Rabid Owl

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