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Owls weighing up swoop for Lee Croft

Wednesday are understood to be considering a swoop for Derby County winger Lee Croft.

The former Norwich City man would be allowed to leave Pride Park after falling down the pecking order under Rams boss Nigel Clough and his availability has alerted Gary Megson, the Owls boss, to his services.

Megson is hopeful of completing a deal to sign Leicester City winger Lloyd Dyer but 26-year-old Croft could be an option if that fails, or if Megson still thinks he needs to strengthen his options on the wing.

The former Manchester City man didn't play for Derby last season and was loaned out to npower League One side Huddersfield Town, but he made just six appearances, including a sending off in Town's 3-0 win at Colchester United.

One Wednesday old boy looking for a new club is former skipper Tommy Miller, who was released at the end of last season.

The midfield has turned down a number of approaches so far, the latest being League Two side Bradford City, but Huddersfield Town are also thought to be keen on his services.

Meanwhile, Owls boss Megson has confirmed he needs a new striker at the club as soon as possible, whether that be Neil Mellor or someone else.

Mellor, who spent last season on loan with the Owls, is the prime target for Megson but the Owls boss could turn his attentions elsewhere if a deal isn't sorted soon.

'The Mellor thing is taking a long time. Sooner or later we`re going to have to move on and bring somebody else in,' he told the Sheffield Star.

'We can't start the season just with the forwards that we have.'

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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday July 7 2011

Time: 10:57AM

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Would much rather have Dyer.
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07/07/2011 11:18:00

Lee Croft is a wide right player so wouldn't be in direct competition with Lloyd Dyer anyway. I think both would be good signings!
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07/07/2011 11:25:00

Hes still young, has lost his way but think he could easily do a fantastic job in this league and with his confidence back could do it in the championship. sign him up
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07/07/2011 11:28:00

Hes still young, has lost his way but think he could easily do a fantastic job in this league and with his confidence back could do it in the championship. sign him up
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07/07/2011 11:28:00

Please no! I work for Hudds Town and he was awful. Overpaid, disinterested and arrogant. The way he performed there last season was not fitting of a professional footballer. Town fans will be laughing their heads off if we sign him.
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07/07/2011 11:35:00

sounds typical of the former Prem boys who fall into the lower leagues. It really is a shame that such a large percentage of footballers are tossers because it really is an incredible sport
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07/07/2011 12:04:00

thats me saying we don't want anymore big time charlies. we have had enough of those. having said that I did enjoy Deon Burton's stint at Wednesday, the guy loved himself but he had a great first touch
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07/07/2011 12:07:00

IMO still has the skill and with Meggo giving him a swift kick up the jacksy could be a great signing
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07/07/2011 12:11:00

Megson can give a kick up the backside but he can't do personality changes. We want players with desire and footballing not financial ambition. Kicking a player up the backside is great for a few games but they will eventually just drift into old habits, be unreliable when the going gets tough and easily frustrated by other players who they think aren't up to the standard. I'd love to be proved wrong but I think we should focus on team spirit over pedigree. It only takes a couple of players with something extra in this league as long as they are surrounded by a solid team.
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07/07/2011 12:24:00

devon owl I couldn't agree with you more
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07/07/2011 12:42:00

Is this the guy who we tried to sign a couple of years ago when he was at QPR and he gave us the rods and signed for Derby stating he was not playing in league one or am I thinking of someone else ?????????
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07/07/2011 12:45:00

No its not him
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07/07/2011 12:51:00

andymac-scoresagoal, think that was lee cook.
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07/07/2011 12:52:00

hhhhhmmmm would much prefer dyer but whats the harm in signing them both up if he is on a free, play dyer and jj most of the time but it would be good to have a decent back up winger as jj is injury prone
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07/07/2011 13:27:00

Im sorry but you guys are asking too much, all players at even league one level are arrogant, its unfortunate but its often what makes a player, so many of the greats these days are arrogant. Croft has lost his way, Lee is a very good test of a manager, great managers can turn players like this around.
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07/07/2011 13:31:00

Forget Croft, Dyer is the way we want to go. Come on MM loosen the purse strings. I'm sure it makes good sense.
Kettering OWL 1963
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07/07/2011 13:51:00

Forget Croft. Dyer is the answer
Kettering OWL 1963
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07/07/2011 13:55:00

Forget Croft. Dyer is the answer
Kettering OWL 1963
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07/07/2011 13:56:00

The only players we have had from higher leagues that have gone anywhere are Whelan and Brunt. They have done brilliantly because they are honest, hard working players who worked on their game and always tried their hardest. A good manager should be able to see these kind of attributes in a player and sign them. We are asking more for players who want to work hard and there are players out there that fit that bill. I believe Megson will find them rather than take on players who don't offer the dressing room anything. Apparently the dressing room has been dead quiet over the last few seasons and look at where we are.
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07/07/2011 13:58:00

Cheers dezzy the old grey matter not what it once was
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07/07/2011 14:02:00

Don't think it was Lee Cook, he's never been at Derby. We were only linked with him in January. It may well have been Croft but I dont' remember us every being linked with him in the past!
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07/07/2011 14:18:00

Please sign him, I am taking donations from fellow Rams to pay for his petrol to Sheffield, allegedly his house has been on the market for over a year with no-one wanting to pay his over-inflated price.
knabby crackers
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07/07/2011 14:45:00

no deal he is proberly as crap as teale
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07/07/2011 15:14:00

Semedo in lets forget this chap
The Fantham
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07/07/2011 15:25:00

It was Lee Cooke, but he's never played for Derby! That lad is well confused. Croft is gash, doesn't really do much at Derby and although they're a league above us, he's still not the type of player i'd want us to sign. I'm not saying this as a 'i think we are big time' fan, just don't really see Croft as a decent signing - he likes d!cking about on Soccer Am too much making up stories!
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07/07/2011 19:50:00

We did get linked to croft few seasons ago but nothing concrete. We still need wingers, dyer looks like he will be going to a championship club. for the right price I think croft is worth a punt, as long as he realises his form is bad and takes a wage hit to reflect this, even if we just sign him for one season its worth giving the lad a try as at this level in form he would rip this league apart.
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