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Laws 'Hopeful' Over Jeffers

Wednesday boss Brian Laws has revealed he hopes to have a deal tied up for Blackburn striker Francis Jeffers in time for the Owls' clash with Ipswich this weekend.

Laws has been trying to sign a new number nine throughout the season and has been out of luck with a number of hitmen including Billy Sharp, Grzegorz Rasiak, Kenwyne Jones and Patrick Kluivert.

But the Owls boss is hopeful that the former Arsenal and Everton fox in the box can re-ignite his career in the Championship with Wednesday, and put pen to paper on a deal to face former club Ipswich for the Owls' opener this weekend.

'At times in the past Francis seems to have sacrificed his career for the sake of staying in the Premier League,' Laws told PA Sport:

'He got the big-money move from Everton to Arsenal and has never quite managed to kick on from there.

'He's probably never played more than 10 to 15 Premier League games in a season but if he joined us he would get that regular first-team football that any player needs.

'Now is the time for him to take some positive action for the benefit of his own career. He's perhaps stayed at certain clubs too long, rather than move on to somewhere new even if that meant dropping down a division.'

Blackburn have already agreed to let Wednesday speak to Jeffers in a deal worth around 700,000, but it's though wage demands could force Laws to continue his striker search elsewhere, after the 26-year-old turned down a deal at Championship rivals Ipswich at the end of last season.

Laws added: 'Francis has played for and scored for England, and we all remember the comments from Arsene Wenger about him being a 'fox in the box'.

'His goalscoring ability is still there; it just needs to be harnessed in the right way.

'Part of that involves playing regularly and maybe the time has come for Francis to realise he has to move to a Championship club to do that.'

And the Owls gaffer insisted he's hopeful that a deal can be sorted out in time for Jeffers to pull on the famous blue and white stripes at Ipswich Town this Saturday.

He added: 'We're hopeful of signing Francis in time for Saturday.'




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Writer: Nick Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday August 8 2007

Time: 4:54PM

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FFS, what in the name of everything that is holy are you doing Mr Laws? This bloke is a joke!
Smurf
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08/08/2007 17:08:00

Crikey, we must have the greatest PR man in the business! Brian Laws has told Sky Sports he hopes to have Jeffers in by Saturday... but Wednesday have apparently told radio sheffield that the story is 'complete rubbish'!!!!!???
johnnywalker69
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08/08/2007 17:25:00

is he worth 700k?
will it ever happen
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08/08/2007 17:37:00

Sounds like Laws is having big problems convincing Jeffers if those quotes are accurate.
onedeaddj
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08/08/2007 17:47:00

Radio Sheffield are morons. At half 5 they said that Jeffers deal was a load of rubbish. By 6, they were saying that terms have been agreed between us and Jeffers. Very strange. Don't mind having Jeffers, just concerned about his wage bill.
Disgruntled Owl
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08/08/2007 19:03:00

Take him please!!!
roverjoy
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08/08/2007 20:42:00

i think jeffers will be a real hit on the holy ground that is hillsbro..............just hope the wages side is sorted
papaowl
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08/08/2007 20:46:00

I'd like to think that with Graham going, that there'd be a bit of spare transfer cash and wages hanging around to spend on someone else. Maybe if we can get rid of Folly who Laws clearly doesn't rate.
Disgruntled Owl
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08/08/2007 23:14:00

Laws' midfield pair is Whelan and Watson - meaning Lunt and Folly are the stand-bys. That leaves just Bullen and Wood at central defence with Hinds as cover (anyone who watched Beever against Preston last season knows he is a long way off). Wood is class and will only improve, but Bullen is not good enough to be a regular and Hinds isn't going to turn any heads. Buy Jeffers for 700k and spend the other 1.3 mil on a quality center back OR midfied dynamo. Sorted. I should be Wednesday manager.
onedeaddj
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09/08/2007 00:30:00

jeffers would rather sit in a cupboard for 10 days and starve myself
fozzyp
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09/08/2007 00:52:00

Jeffers will be a good signing providing he comes with the right attitude.
Bigash
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09/08/2007 01:26:00

As a Rovers fan, I would urge you to take him, and welcome him with open arms, and not dwell on his disappointing career. It's the future that is the most important. On a serious note, he did well in the Championship last season, I think that is his division.
Decimus Poole
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09/08/2007 08:56:00

Arsene wenger doesnt spend 8mill on a player unless thay have bucketloads of potential... lets hope mr laws can bring that potential out, if he can jeffers will be the 20 goal a season striker we need to fire us up the leagues
mansfieldowl
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09/08/2007 08:56:00

 

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