Sheffield Wednesday have signed Bristol Rovers midfield player Chris Lines for £50,000, manager Gary Megson revealed after last night’s Carling Cup win against Blackpool.
The Owls boss also said that he is still in the market for a striker and a wide man despite the loan signing yesterday of forward Daniel Uchechi.
The arrival of another central midfield man, in Lines, is a surprise after the summer deals for David Prutton and Jose Semedo, but Megson made it clear that he is constantly striving to improve the squad.
He said: “Chris Lines is a 6ft 2ins central midfield player who scored 16 goals the season before last and four last season.
“We think he is worth more than what we have paid and there was a £300,000 bid for him from a Championship club the season before last.
“We have got midfield players and obviously we are trying to strengthen some other areas. But it doesn’t mean that if we can get a decent player for a wage we can afford, we won’t do it.”
Megson said it was difficult for Uchechi to make an instant impact (last night) and the idea of a loan was to give him and the club a chance to take a good look at each other.
Megson praised his team for their effort in last night’s tie which was won 4-2 in a penatly shoot out and earned a tie at Blackburn.
While still looking for a right-side player, Megson again expressed satisfaction with Liam Palmer, and raised the possibility that he could fill that role.
Megson also said that Jon Otsemobor had a “great game” and was breathing down the neck of first choice right back Lewis Buxton.
Yesterday afternoon, the Owls announced the loan signing of striker Uchechi from Nigerian club Dender, until January. He started last night’s game against Blackpool and was taken off in the 61st minute.
A Nigeria Under 20 and Under 23 international, he moved to England in 2002 and played for Charlton’s youth and reserves sides. He had a brief spell at West Ham in 2009-10 but went back to Nigeria last year.
Sven Goran Eriksson took him to Leicester on loan from Dender in February. Yet to play a senior game in British football, he trained with Aberdeen earlier this summer, and played for Peterborough as a triallist in a friendly last month against Notts County. Uchechi is Gary Megson’s seventh signing of the summer.