Gary aims for Llera

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Gary Megson is targeting an extended Hillsborough stay for Miguel Llera.

The centre half’s loan from Blackpool ended yesterday but the Owls manager is hoping that a fresh deal can be struck.

“In the last two games he’s done really well for us,” said Megson. “I think Miguel wants to get himself under contract somewhere and he seems to think he’s going to be able to get a free transfer from Blackpool.

“I’ve recommended to Paul Aldridge [Owls vice-chairman] and Milan Mandaric [chairman] that we try to get it done.”

Llera could make a move similar to that of Stephen Bywater, who was released by Derby and was signed on a contract to the end of the season.

Megson has revealed that he wants to sign at least three players in addition to Ben Marshall - whose loan return has yet to be confirmed - and Bywater and would prefer them to be full transfers rather than loans.

Having ended December with five loan players, the Owls boss has had to try to make sure his squad remains in shape for the second half of the promotion campaign.

“I’m having to do things at the halfway stage that normally are done at the end of the season; it’s not concrete when you have players on loan,” he said.

“In terms of the January window, I have no jurisdiction over finance; I’m dictated to by the board.”

Assistant boss Chris Evans has said that to date chairman Mandaric has been supportive and that he strongly believes Megson will be supported this month. Evans also feels that new signings can only aid the promotion cause.