Date:Tuesday June 19 2007
At last! After weeks and weeks of speculation, we at least have some evidence that Owls boss Brian Laws WILL be looking in to moves for Billy Sharp and Kenwyne Jones.
OK, we're still a long way off completing any such deal, and Mr Laws may still have a change of heart having returned from his holiday, but today the Owls gaffer confirmed both Kenwyne Jones and Billy Sharp are on his 'radar' as he looks to bolster his squad ahead of the forthcoming 2007-08 campaign.
Rumours linking Wednesday with a move for the duo have been here, there and everywhere in the last few weeks but most fans saw it as simply pre-season speculation to fill the pages. (Of course, we here at Vital Sheffield Wednesday tried to stay well clear, er, almost!).
Laws spoke to the official Wednesday website today and insisted he is still looking to resolve the issues in the striker department, with Steve Maclean yet to sign a new contract.
'The only outstanding out-of-contract player is Steven MacLean,' Laws told the official SWFC site.
'We are still finding it difficult to draw that to any conclusion. In the meantime, we are still looking to develop in that area. There has been a lot of talk about Billy Sharp, Kenwyne Jones and so on. They are on our radar and the chairman has given me the nod to pursue it a bit further.'
Wolves have reportedly pulled out of any such deal to pair Sharp back alongside former strike partner Andy Keogh at Wolves leaving Wednesday and Norwich City the only current candidates for his signature - not forgetting the possibility he could still be at Scunthorpe next season, or are people forgetting they've just been promoted?!
Southampton striker Jones is also another possibility - a possibility I'd very much like to see happen - for the striker department.
But it looks like only time will tell, with Laws back in the thick of the action after enjoying a well-deserved break.
We'll do our best to keep you up to date with all the latest on the Owls' pre-season - from friendly previews and reports to player movement - so keep your eyes stuck to Vital Sheffield Wednesday!
Date:Tuesday June 19 2007
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