Owls boss warns he’s poised to look elsewhere

FA Cup 2nd RD...Sheffield Wednesday v Northampton Town....Pictured...Owls ...Neil Mellor
FA Cup 2nd RD...Sheffield Wednesday v Northampton Town....Pictured...Owls ...Neil Mellor
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GARY Megson believes that Sheffield Wednesday cannot afford to start the season without Neil Mellor or another new striker who can deliver goals.

GARY Megson believes that Sheffield Wednesday cannot afford to start the season without Neil Mellor or another new striker who can deliver goals.

The Owls manager is beginning to believe that he may have to look elsewhere as the Mellor saga drags on and there is no certainty that last season’s loan star will be returning from Preston.

Megson also feels that the recent records of strikers already at the club cannot give him confidence about their ability to get goals.

“Neil Mellor scored 20 of our goals, and that was without taking any penalties,” he said.

“It’s important that we bring somebody in with that kind of record. We don’t have anybody else who scored that number of goals for us.

“The Mellor thing is taking a long time. Sooner or later we’re going to have to move on and bring somebody else in.

“We can’t start the season just with the forwards that we have.”

Although there have been talks this summer over Mellor, involving Wednesday, Preston and the player’s agent, they appear not to have been straightforward - though at one stage it appeared that a fee had been agreed - and ultimately a deal has yet to be thrashed out that suits all parties. Megson said: “I think it’s got to be negotiated between the two clubs.”

The Owls boss also says that Mellor was unhappy over reports that wrongly claimed he was on £9,000 or £10,000 a

week: “I don’t think he’s on anything like what was mentioned in the media.”

Nevertheless Megson knows that affordability still must play a part in any transfer. Mellor would like to return to Hillsborough but is bound to be tempted by interest from the Championship. He has been linked with Doncaster, Southampton and Watford.

Megson also wants to land winger Lloyd Dyer from Leicester. The squad have now begun a week’s work in Austria.

Former captain Tommy Miller has turned down an offer from Bradford City with a view to moving to a Championship club.