Owls boss fears exit of loan stars

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GARY Megson fears Sheffield Wednesday might not be able to keep a hold of all their loan players come the January transfer window.

The Owls manager has confirmed there are several Premier League clubs “sniffing around” their loan stars. The Star understands Ben Marshall is being tracked by a number of top-flight teams following a series of impressive displays during his loan stint at Hillsborough.

Megson said: “I know there are other people sniffing around the loan players we have got here and it is one of those where you keep your fingers crossed and hope it [them leaving] doesn’t happen.

“It is a worry; I can’t dictate what happens at other football clubs but when the belong to someone else all you can do is keep your fingers crossed but we are not in charge of it.

I can only dictate what happens with the players we have got under contract.”

Megson has six loan players on the books - only five are allowed to play in each game under Football League rules.

Stephen Bywater, James Tavernier, Danny Batth and Marshall are likely to start at Oldham Athletic tomorrow, leaving Megson to choose between defender Miguel Llera and versatile forward Sanchez Watt for the final spot in the match-day squad. Watt is bidding to be given his first run-out since arriving on a temporary basis from Arsenal.

Megson has conceded he does not like relying too heavily on the loan market and has reiterated his plan to add some permanent signings to the squad.