Owls eye Norwich striker

Valued at �550,000-plus: Norwich striker Cody McDonald could inject pace into the Owls attack.      Picture: Bill Smith/Eastern Daily Press
Valued at �550,000-plus: Norwich striker Cody McDonald could inject pace into the Owls attack. Picture: Bill Smith/Eastern Daily Press
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday could be chasing Norwich striker Cody McDonald.

He is surplus to requirements at Carrow Road after spending all last season on loan at Gillingham, where he hit 25 goals in 43 appearances and won the Player of the Year award.

Aged 25, he has a year left on his contract but is among six Norwich players who have not played in this summer’s friendlies.

He had talks with Oldham during the close season, and Peterborough chairman Darragh McAnthony said earlier this month that his club had been trying to sign the striker for six weeks but had baulked at a price of more than £550,000.

McDonald cost £25,000 when Norwich signed him from Dartford two years ago.

Owls manager Gary Megson revealed after Tuesday’s match at Barnsley that a bid had been made for a fringe player at a Premier League club and an attempt made to sign another player at a top-flight club on loan.

McDonald, available to buy, is thought to be one of the duo and could fit the bill as someone capable of injecting pace into the Owls attack.

Wednesday have also been linked with West Brom’s New Zealand international Chris Wood, a 19-year-old big centre forward who could be a loan target and spent six months at Brighton last season, scoring eight League goals. McDonald was used mostly as a sub during Norwich’s League One promotion season, 2009-10, and scored four League goals.

He was snapped up by Norwich after hitting 19 goals in 20 games for Dartford and attracting interest from Reading, Charlton and Crystal Palace.

Wood, is rated as a prospect by West Brom and is under contract until 2013.

It is likely that Wednesday would face competition to take him on loan from other clubs after his successful spell at Brighton. The Star believes the Baggies have received several inquiries for Wood.