SHEFFIELD Wednesday have been told to keep their hands off star striker Jason Walker by York City.
Owls’ assistant boss Chris Evans and coach Neil Thompson, both former Minstermen, have been at Bootham Crescent to check on the 27-year-old in recent weeks.
This has led to speculation that Wednesday may consider a move in January for the player who has a Wembley winner on his cv.
However, York have issued a warning to any clubs contemplating a move in the transfer window and are insisting he is “not for sale”.
Walker is regarded more as a second striker, in the Ryan Lowe mould, rather than a target man and with the possibility that Clinton Morrison may move in January, that would free up a place for a player of similar type.
York say that even if Wednesday, or any other club, were to make a bid in January they won’t be interested in a deal. They are going for promotion back into the Football League and estimate that could be worth £750,000 to them and so don’t want to sell their major asset.
“There have been no approaches and as far as York City are concerned, he is not for sale,” said a York official.
Walker, previously at Barrow for whom he scored a spectacular long range winner in the 2010 FA Trophy Final at Wembley against Stevenage, joined York from Luton in the summer for a reported £60,000.
Meanwhile, Wednesday are keeping FA Cup opponents Morecambe guessing over the compilation of their side for Sunday’s tie. The Owls have three loan players, goalkeeper Stephen Bywater, defender Danny Batth and winger Ben Marshall, in their side but need final confirmation from their clubs that they will be allowed to play.
It is fully expected Bywater and Batth will be available to play but the issue over Marshall remains clouded.
In the loan arrangement, Stoke allowed him to be available for the Carling Cup and the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy but there was no such agreement covering the FA Cup. However, there’s still time for the clubs to discuss it further.
Owls fans are reminded there is no pay on the day at the Globe Arena.