Megson blasts £600,000 demand for striker

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have dropped interest in one of their striker targets - believed to be Norwich’s Cody McDonald - after being quoted a ‘brainless’ price of £600,000.

SHEFFIELD Wednesday have dropped interest in one of their striker targets - believed to be Norwich’s Cody McDonald - after being quoted a ‘brainless’ price of £600,000.

Manager Gary Megson has also given a lukewarm reaction to trialist Juvhel Tsoumou, who played in the 0-0 draw with Stoke.

Mesgson said: “One of the things we suffer from is that the minute clubs find out we’re interested, they think they’re going to win the pools, because it’s Sheffield Wednesday. But this club is run as stringently as Blackpool were when I was there. We’re not the Manchester City of the First Division. We’ve sold more than we’ve bought. So we have to suffer with that.

“We’ve just gone for a player where four teams offered around the same amount of money, yet the chief executive is hanging out for around £600,000, which is not going to happen. One of the problems in football now is that chief executives tend to get in the way: it’s not owners or managers.” But he stressed he was not talking about Wednesday’s Paul Aldridge.

Megson, who refused to name the other club, added: “It seems brainless, to me, what they ask for. Things that managers and owners do are in the public domain, and everybody has an opinion on them. Yet chief execs make these decisions; they might not go right, but nobody is ever aware of them.

“It’s not my business, but I don’t think he [at the other club] will get that. It may end up costing his club around half a million quid. If I was the player involved, I’d be going ballistic. We have to move on and see if we can get somebody else.”

He added: “If Milan suddenly said ‘we’ll pay it’ - which isn’t going to happen - I’ll say ‘we’ll go elsewhere because I can get you a different kind of player for that kind of dough.’

Peterborough recently baulked at what they said was a £550,000-plus price tag on McDonald, who cost £25,000 from Dartford two years ago and spent last season on loan at Gillingham. Megson said Tsoumou had come on an open-ended trial: “I’ve only ever taken one trialist player that I didn’t know anything about; the reality was that he just wanted to bring his wife into this country to get her into university.

“Once bitten twice shy, so I’m really reticent about taking trialists. He [Tsoumou] arrived on Thursday, trained on Friday, and we chucked him in on Saturday, so it’s asking a lot.” The Owls have been linked again with Rotherham striker Adam Le Fondre.