Lualua in Owls talks

Watching brief: LuaLua in the Directors box against Scunthorpe
Watching brief: LuaLua in the Directors box against Scunthorpe
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are having talks with former Newcastle and Portsmouth striker Lomana LuaLua.

A free agent after leaving Cypriot club Omonia, the 30-year-old watched the Owls match against Scunthorpe from the directors’ box.

Manager Gary Megson confirmed yesterday: “We’re just having talks with him to see if we can come to an agreement. That’s as far as it’s gone.

“Milan [Mandaric] knows him from his time at Portsmouth. We’re seeing if we can agree something that suits both parties but that hasn’t happened yet.”

The Owls missed out on Adam Le Fondre as the Rotherham striker joined Reading.

“That’s diappointing, but we move on elsewhere,” said Megson. “We wish Alf all the best at Reading and I’m sure he’ll be a success.”

LuaLua, a Congolese international known for his goal celebration of backward somersaults, came to England as a youngster and started out at Colchester.

Bobby Robson bought him for Newcastle for £2.25m in 2000, and Harry Redknapp took him to Portsmouth for £1.75m in 2004 after a three-month loan.

He moved to Greek club Olympiakos for £2m-plus in 2007 and has played in Qatar.

Megson refuses to name possible alternatives but the Owls, who made a bid for an undisclosed striker last week when they also tried for Le Fondre, could still be tracking Preston’s Neil Mellor and Norwich’s Cody McDonald, while Matt Tubbs of League Two side Crawley may be a fresh target, as the club try to sign a striker before the deadline on Wednesday.

Tubbs has scored four goals this season and has attracted the attention of League clubs after being prolific in non-League football, with Salisbury and with Crawley, for whom he hit 40 goals in 47 appearances last season as they won promotion from the Conference,

Megson was pleased with Gary Madine’s two-goal performance in the 3-2 win on Saturday: “Centre forwards will always be judged on goals but there are other parts of their game. He got the goals, held the ball well, won most of his header s, and a lot of his runs were intelligent. He also closed the ball down very well.

“I’m sure he’ll be delighted with his goals but there were a lot of things there even if he hadn’t got them.”