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Adam Le Fondre, Benik Afobe latest

With the new npower League One season just a matter of days away, the race is hotting up for a new striker - and Adam Le Fondre and Benik Afobe are the two names being linked.

So what's the latest position on the duo, and can we expect to see any, or both, in a Wednesday shirt at Hillsborough against Rochdale on Saturday?

Wednesday are definitely interested in Le Fondre, of Rotherham United, as reported on Vital earlier. The Millers have confirmed that they've turned down a bid, believed to be 200,000, from the Owls for their star striker.

The Owls are expected to go back with an improved offer for the former Stockport County man, although it's unknown whether they will match the 500,000 Rotherham seem to be demanding.

Owls boss Gary Megson has already hit out at the valuation of one player, believed to be Cody McDonald, so the fact that the Millers are demanding over twice as much as Wednesday's initial bid could well be problematic.

The desperate need for a new front man though, could mean Milan Mandaric, the Owls chairman, will pay over the odds for once as Wednesday look to achieve promotion this time around.

Leicester City and Coventry City have also been linked with Le Fondre.

As far as Coventry are concerned, they may well be a division higher than Wednesday, but money is tight at the Ricoh Arena, meaning it could prove difficult for the Sky Blues to match Rotherham's valuation.

For the Foxes, Le Fondre's name was mentioned to boss Sven-Goran Eriksson during a fans' forum on Monday night. Eriksson then got Le Fondre's name comically wrong when repeating it. City have big cash to spend but will aim higher than Le Fondre, with all respect to the player. A Vital source close to Leicester has told us he's '99.9 per cent certain' Le Fondre won't move to the Foxes.

One thing Rotherham have said is that they expect some movement on Le Fondre's future before the end of the week.

Afobe, a young Arsenal player, has only been linked with a move to Hillsborough today (Tuesday). He spent last season with Huddersfield Town, and although not setting the world on fire with his goal stats, he impressed at the Galpharm Stadium.

He's nowhere near the Arsenal first team, clearly, but Arsene Wenger may want him to play for a Championship club next season after proving himself in League One.

Still, Wednesday are reported to be interested - the reports are coming from the national press based in London - and could swoop if no Championship side looks at the striker's services.

Expect more news and rumours in the coming days...




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The Journalist

Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday August 2 2011

Time: 10:45PM

Your Comments

I'm gettin bored and fed up, we should of signed niall mcginn, alf and clayton donaldson, game over, hello championship! Btw watch out for brentford this year, my dark horse for promotion
smiggyswfc
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mick66owl
IAM WITH YOU SMIGGY bored.com
mick66owl
F**k me now money is no object as we are days away from the start.If this is the case why dont he just pay up front and get the Mellor deal doneits true the lad wants to join us.And im sure he will do alot better than Clinton in the blue and white stripes.
garrymo
Firstly Nick many thanks for your reports all summer. I have always checked here first which is testement to your efforts mate, garrymo is money really no object. I know MM pulled us out of the fire but doesnt he have to make sure he doesnt put us back there?
Waddle1993
I wouldn't say that money is no object and we still need to be prudent - especially with the new measures that have come in. I personally don't want to see Mellor back if it means we have to give in to his wage demands. Even if we sign one striker before the start of the season, I'll be happy!
TheDon1974
I second that W'93, also my first port of call... Like many others, I check the web hourly to see what transfer news there is and as with previous comments frankly I'm bored of it now!!! MM did promise to back GM with funds and said we will have a squad strong enough to challenge for promotion. This is currently not a true statement. Now don't get me wrong, we don't want to get in the same situation as we were before but..... this has now gone on way too long and is starting to get a bit desperate!! I continue to have faith in MM and believe he is trying to sort this out but its just a little too nail biting. Other L1 clubs seem to be making a good few transfers so why not us. Come on MM/GM, lets have some good news BEFORE Saturday.... PLEASE..... WTID UTO
Owlsmad
Owls Mad. I check 3 or 4 times a day, maybe more. Thanks for showing me I'm not the only one. I have to say though whilst I have hope and every confidence in MM and GM if supporting Sheffield Wednesday is still like this in 10 years I'm gunna have to check into Wednesdayites Anonymous. I hope soon our addictions can bring us joy. UTO
Devon_Owl
Every bl**dy time we log on we are thinking to ourselves, this time there will be at least 1 new signing..... oh how stupid we are! I checked into Wednesdayites Anonymous years ago..... didn't work!?! doh! See ya in an hour or so....
Owlsmad
Would be happy with Le Fondre, anyone who has that record in L2 can clearly do it in L1. I think Afobe would be better signing in comparison to some of the so called forwards we have been linked with this summer although he is a bit young and would prefer a permanent signing. Megson is a man of excuses and all last season we were just filled with promise from what ecuses he had to offer. Now it's more excuses, JJ injury, people want Championship football, prices are too high, wages, but yet as bad as some of the players were last year Irvine still got players in who had option of the Championship (Morrison, Mellor, Teale, Coke who had been linked with Celtic.) I agree we shouldn't be held to ransom over transfer fees but if Mandaric and Megson are confident these players are going to get us promoted this season then he is not losing out on money. I'm bored of excuses by Megson but i'm even more bored of fans who believe he is going to wave some magic wand with the team we have. It is not going to happen.
SheffWed93
am fed up of false promise other clubs can sign players so why cant we ? Come on milan get the chequebook out
retfordowl1867
If we want to be a championship club, we should be shelling out championship money for players who are good enough for the championship. 500,000 dont get you much these days, not when average players are going for tens of millions in the premier league. Time to stop thinking we can can go up just cos we're a "big club". If these players are good enough for the chapionship, time to up the anti Milan and Megson, lets get off to a good start this season and waste no more time in this poxy division, we are Wednesday and we deserve better UTO
MightyWednesday
Cant see Afobe going to a div1 team this season,as far as i remember we were turned down for a repeat of his services because Arsenal wanted him to play in the championship.Should that stance have changed then im sure we would be in the driving seat to bring him back again.Great player who if you managed to pull the deal off would set Hillsborough alight with his pace and power.Alfie will go to the championship as well imo.Megson got you going again last season,will be interesting to see if he can keep the momentum up for the comming campaign.Expect to see you in the top half and challenging come May.Oh! Before i go,have the pies improved?
Deano Deano Deano
 

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