SHEFFIELD Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has expressed his frustration over the delay in resolving Ben Marshall’s future and admitted they could be forced to look elsewhere for a new winger.
The 20-year-old has returned to parent club Stoke City following the expiry of his six-month loan deal at Hillsborough.
It is no secret Wednesday want to re-sign Marshall, whose contract runs out at Stoke in the summer.
Mandaric has told The Star negotiations are on-going between the two parties but says the Owls are weighing up their options as they look to bolster their promotion challenge.
“Our preference is to have Ben back because he has contributed quite a bit and gelled with the team,” he said. “I would like to think we will get him back but it is in the hands of his club. We are not in control of the situation.
“Gary [Megson] has been properly supported financially on every player that he has wanted so far and it will be no different with Ben or someone else.”
Mandaric feels Marshall’s form has dipped recently because of the uncertainty over his future.
He said: “Ben is a young man and I’m not sure he played as well as he can do in the last couple of games. I’m not sure he was able to concentrate.”
Mandaric has reiterated Wednesday want to add a further three new recruits during the January transfer window, including Marshall.