New target for Owls

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GARY Megson has revealed a new target as he also seeks a replacement for Ben Marshall.

The Owls manager wants a creative midfield player who can help to unlock defence-minded opposition.

He has also tried in vain for five left-winger loan targets in an effort to land someone who can fill Marshall’s boots if he does not return from Stoke.

Megson explained: “I’ve seen a few times clubs come to Wednesday and not play as openly as they have done in the past.

“We need somebody who can get on the ball. Against Charlton we went from back to front too quickly too often. I feel we didn’t have the other option.

“If the answer is within the club, we need to see it; if it’s not, we need to try to get that.”

He says trying to land any players of the right calibre on loan in January can be “like looking for a unicorn”. He added: “I’ve tried for five players on loan since Ben’s loan ended on Monday and was turned down.”

Stoke have some injuries so Marshall could be on their bench against West Brom tomorrow.

Boss Tony Pulis remains confident he will sign a new contract. “We’re making sure he’s happy with the deal, then deciding whether he’s ready to bring into the group, or whether it’s beneficial for him to have another three or four months at another club,” he said.

Megson said: “From the outside looking in, it looks as if he’s not going out on loan. Every player has a price, therefore I would imagine Ben would be available if anybody comes up with the right amount. I would love Ben to be at this club. He was fantastic.”