SHEFFIELD Wednesday could be set to sign Bury striker Ryan Lowe and beat competition from Bournemouth.
The 32-year-old was a target for the Cherries but manager Lee Bradbury has revealed that he is resigned to losing out to the Owls.
Lowe is the latest name to rise to prominence as Wednesday’ hunt for a striker prepares to reach a climax before tomorrow’s deadline.
It is not yet certain whether the new arrival will be Lowe or one of their other, well-documented targets.
Boss Gary Megson is known to be a big admirer of Norwich’s Cody McDonald though the Owls were initially put off by a £600,000 price tag.
Another potential signing, Matt Tubbs, of Crawley, is said to be a target for Crystal Palace and Charlton.
Lowe scored one of the goals in the Owls’ 2-1 defeat at Bury this month and has netted seven this season.
During the last two years he has hit 49 goals in 85 league starts plus five outings as a sub for Bury and played a key role in their promotion from League Two last season. But the Owls may also have had to weigh up his age - he will be 33 next month.
The club have tended to go for younger players, with McDonald, Adam Le Fondre, Neil Mellor and Tubbs fitting the bill in that respect. Lomana LuaLua, with whom they have had talks, is an exception at 30.
Bournemouth have also been linked with McDonald, plus Paul Benson of Charlton and Danny Cadamarteri of Huddersfield.
But Bradford - who play the Owls tonight in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy- are also said to have lined up Benson.