Milan gets to work as targets grow at Sheffield Wednesday

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OWLS manager Gary Megson has placed another three players on his list of targets.

Nine names have now been passed to chairman Milan Mandaric and vice-chairman Paul Aldridge.

Efforts to arrange deals have already begun.

“I’ve handed over the names of nine players that I want to bring in,” confirmed Megson.

“Six would be on free transfers; three would cost fees.

“They are all British players. Some are well known to Wednesday supporters. We’ll try to bring as many of them in as we can.

“Milan and Paul have been given the names. I’m delighted that they’ve already made inroads.”

Megson recently made it known that his list comprised six players - but he did say at the time that he was also looking at positions and types of player.

It is after completing that analysis that he has come up with the three extra names.

The nine are believed to include this season’s loan trio of Rob Jones, Danny Batth and Neil Mellor - who may also be the three who would cost fees.

Jones and Mellor each have a year left on their contracts with Scunthorpe and Preston respectively; Batth signed a new-four deal at Wolves earlier this year.

Megson, however, refuses to disclose any of his targets.

He does acknowledge the impact made up front by 20-goal top scorer Mellor and the defensive steel supplied by Jones and Batth.

“We’ve seen what they (the three) can do,” he admitted. “They have done well for Wednesday.

“I do believe that if we had not brought Rob Jones and Danny Batth in, we’d have been seriously flirting with relegation. Before they came in, we were averaging three goals against us per game.”

Meanwhile, former Owls players Paolo Di Canio and Jim Magilton are believed to be among the applicants for the Swindon job.