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Owls linked with Colchester striker

Wednesday have been linked with a swoop for Colchester United's out-of-contract striker Ian Henderson this summer.

The 26-year-old has stalled on talks over a new deal with the npower League One side, alerting a number of clubs, including the Owls, according to

Southampton, promoted to the Championship, and Sheffield United, who will be playing with Wednesday in League One next term, have also been linked with his services.

The U's are keen to tie up a new deal for the forward but interest from other clubs could well see the former Norwich City man hold out for a move away from the West Homes Community Stadium.

Owls boss Gary Megson has already announced he is keen to bring six players to bolster his squad this summer for a promotion push next term.

A striker is understood to be on his wishlist, with experienced Leicester City forward Steve Howard linked with a move to S6, and Neil Mellor also a target after finishing a season-loan loan spell with the Owls with 20 goals.

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday May 10 2011

Time: 9:29AM

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Madine and Mellor please with two additional strikers of real purpose (with JJ as a cover striker if required - Ok would spend a lot of time on his back-side but no more than CM). I think Heff can go although I think he would do well in a higher leauge ironically he's proved that his style of striker will always suffer in Leauge 1. (Wish we'd had him a few seasons earlier!) Mr Henderson (Straight out of the Matrix) I think has got 10 goals this season but I wonder if he's known to Megson from Norwich days. I'm not really sure what to think.... we could get huge names in and have them under-perform or go for strikers that want to prove themselves, maybe he's one of the latter. I'm probably the only Wednesday fan that thinks this but on the cheap I think we would be able to sign Rory Fallon from Plymouth as a good option. (I will wait for the laughs) Having watched him boss our back four at Hillsborough I think he's suffered from a lack of oppurtunity since moving from Barnsley. I think him and Madine are Similar in style and may not play together often but who knows. All I hope is we buy Strikers that have 20+ goal seasons. UTO
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10/05/2011 10:12:00

No thank you.
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10/05/2011 10:12:00

While mentioning Plymouth if they are looking to have a fresh start there are a few other players that may do well with a move to Wednesday... would like to see N'Gala oh and Steve Mclean!! ;o)
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10/05/2011 10:18:00

As much as Paul Heffernan has proved ge can play at Hillsborough and actually wants to play it would amaze me if we don't sell or send him out on loan. Think of better players than Henderson and Steve Howard. Le Fondre? C Davies? Hoskins? All of these would be on my list.
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10/05/2011 10:51:00

dont know much about this guy but agree there is better players out there . Mellor is a must and would like to see le fondre and hoskins here even maybe clayton donaldson think much depends on who leaves this summer
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10/05/2011 11:01:00

I think we'll be linked with eveybody and anybody over the next couple of months, I'm only interested in who we actually sign and who's on GM's list!!!
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10/05/2011 12:02:00

Clayton Donaldson 6ft 1 wud be on my list,28 goals in 48 games.Hes a pacy striker and says he can also play on the wing.
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10/05/2011 12:38:00

Just read this about Le Fondre- Watching Le Fondre’s goal scoring exploits will show you a player with natural scoring prowess, so whichever club comes in for him is certain to get a player who possesses the ability to score goals at a higher level. Perhaps not the Premiership, but a lower Championship side or upper League 1 side would certainly benefit from a player who has averaged 1 goal every 2.2 games over the past six seasons. One other thing is also certain; clubs do not get rid of goal scorers for free and therefore any potential suitor must be prepared to part with some serious cash if they want to get their hands on League 2’s hottest property.
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10/05/2011 12:39:00

Le Fondre is terrible, was that report made by stevie wonder? To part with any money for him would be a waste.
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10/05/2011 12:45:00

Ian Hendersons career profile doesnt read too gud for a striker 183 app n only 12 goals.
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10/05/2011 12:51:00

For me to read this after our club is, for the first time in a long time, debt free is a bit disappointing. I'm not expecting Lionel Messi to sign on the dotted line but with respect to this Henderson fella I feel we should be aiming for much better than this. It's really important we aim for the best players in this league and for respectable players in the leagues above in my opinion. I'd go out the way to get Will Hoskins in for one. He proved himself in a massively underperforming squad this season. I still feel Mellor needs signing up and then we should look to our midfield and defence which needs heavy investment. Am I in la-la land or are we really at the level were Ian Henderson is the best we can hope for?
Carbone's Padawan
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10/05/2011 14:52:00

...and another thing. Steve Howard? I totally get that we need physical presence but come on. We have Madine who's a pretty big lad and if Mellor signs up do we really need a 34year old striker who brings nothing different to the table? We need a clinical finisher (Hoskins) and or a pacey frontman to offer something different. If we have no variety in approach then we'll get found out quickly by other teams. Wow, I feel like I've just re-written the bible. The keyboards actually warm to touch so I'll leave it at that for now. Cheers
Carbone's Padawan
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10/05/2011 14:55:00

Would love to sign stevie howard, would be a cracking signing, proven goal scorer, still a great player. what sort of player is this guy? dont think we need another target man with what we've already got so far + Howard. I think we desperately need abit of pace upfront to give us something different. So yeah, i would personally much rather see us go for someone with abit of speed!
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10/05/2011 15:39:00

Something we do need is someone to put the into the box so these strikers can score, J.J,Teale, Sedgwick have not done this for me this season.
ecco owl
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10/05/2011 16:34:00

We should be looking at a much higher standard than this!
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10/05/2011 16:39:00

We can sign better but we can also sign worse.
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10/05/2011 18:43:00

Agree with ecco - we need some creative midfield players. Doesn't matter if we sign Drogba or Villa, the impact would be limited if you can't create chances.
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11/05/2011 08:36:00


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