Owls in double swoop

Miguel Llera
Miguel Llera
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have captured Newcastle United utility player James Tavernier on an emergency loan deal and are closing in on Spanish centre-half Miguel Llera to boost their promotion challenge.

Tavernier is set to stay at Hillsborough until Wednesday January 9.

James Tavernier

James Tavernier

The Star understands a loan deal for Llera is likely to be completed today.

With captain Rob Jones suspended for the Leyton Orient clash after picking up five yellow cards and full-back Lewis Buxton facing a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring problem, Owls chief Gary Megson has opted to strengthen his defensive options two days before the emergency loan window closes.

Highly-rated Tavernier, who can operate at right-back or centre-half, came through Leeds United’s academy before switching to Newcastle in 2008. He has struggled to establish himself on Tyneside and was sent on loan to Carlisle United earlier this season.

Tavernier, who hails from Bradford, said: “I’m very excited about it [the move]. I come from Yorkshire and I’ve still got family down there so I’ll be fine and I’ll feel at home.

“Wednesday have got a massive fanbase so I’m really looking forward to playing there.”

He is in the frame to start at right-back against the O’s at the expense of Liam Palmer.

Meanwhile, Blackpool are to recall Llera, who arrived in the summer from Charlton Athletic, from his loan spell at Brentford and let the 32-year-old join the third-placed Owls on a temporary basis until January 3.