Owls frustrated in player hunt

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are not likely to land a new player before the season kicks off on Saturday.

The board are resigned to having to exercise patience for the time being, it is understood, though it was hoped that the squad would have been strengthened further by now.

The transfer window remains open until August 31 and efforts will continue to try to make signings as soon as possible.

Despite a lot of work during the summer, the Owls have found it difficult to prise players out of their clubs for realistic fees, as their interest in Norwich’s Cody McDonald and Rotherham’s Adam Le Fondre has shown.

Manager Gary Megson has said he hopes to land two forwards and another wide man - and that was before Jermaine Johnson was ruled out of Saturday’s opener against Rochdale and for an unspecified period.

With Neil Mellor and Paul Heffernan having left since the end of last season, it looks as if the club’s two remaining strikers, Clinton Morrison and Gary Madine, will play on Saturday.

The Owls have decided not to sign Juvhel Tsoumou, who played as a trialist in the 0-0 friendly draw with Stoke last Saturday.

Rochdale may know that Jermaine Johnson is out of Saturday’s game but Megson is still promising them some surprises.

This week’s final preparations for the new season - besides attempts to sign players - include the honing of set-piece ploys that have yet to be seen in public.

Set-plays will not be the same as those used in friendlies. Megson believes they are a vital asset, especially when the team are short of strikers.