SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Double raid for Owls and Blades also make signing

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have today signed winger Keith Treacy and striker Nile Ranger on loan from Burnley and Newcastle United respectively, writes Dom Howson.

Treacy and Ranger go straight into the squad for Saturday’s match at Leyton Orient.

It follows many attempts by new Owls manager Dave Jones to bring someone in before today’s 5pm deadline for emergency loan deals.

Sheffield United, meanwhile, have captured Bolton Wanderers winger Michael O’Halloran on a temporary basis. The 21-year-old can operate on either flank or up front and made his senior debut for the Trotters in the Carling Cup last August.

New Owls recruit Treacy, born in Dublin, began his career with Blackburn Rovers, where he signed his first professional contract in 2005.

He had a loan spell at Stockport - one of Jones’s former clubs - and made four appearances for them.

The 23-year-old made 22 appearances for Blackburn, 12 of which were in the Premier League, and joined Sheffield United on loan ahead of the 2009-10 campaign.

Treacy appeared 17 times for the Blades before signing a full deal with Preston in February 2010.

After impressing at Deepdale, with 58 appearances and 11 goals, he joined Burnley in July 2011 and has posted 27 appearances for the Championship club this season.

Treacy has also earned six Republic of Ireland caps.

Ranger started his career with Southampton before joining Newcastle in 2008. The 20-year-old has made a total of 58 senior appearances for the Premier League club, the majority coming from the substitutes bench.

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