Owls: Sheffield Wednesday line up new striker

Goal threat: Chris O'Grady plays against the Owls.

Goal threat: Chris O'Grady plays against the Owls.

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are pondering a bid for Rochdale striker Chris O’Grady as a Hillsborough return for Neil Mellor grows increasingly unlikely.

O’Grady is believed to have been on Gary Megson’s radar all summer, though Mellor has been the prime target.

But with still no sign of an end to the impasse over the Preston striker, Megson may step up his interest in O’Grady.

The former Rotherham forward has scored 31 goals in the last two seasons and played well against the Owls when they were beaten 2-1 at Rochdale in February.

His Spotland teammate, Scott Wiseman, was another Megson target but the right-back joined his former boss, Keith Hill, who was hired by Barnsley after leading Rochdale to ninth in League One.

Megson, though not commenting about O’Grady, did confirm that the Owls may be unable to sign Mellor, who is on a Championship contract and is now attracting interest from clubs in that division, as well as being admired by Deepdale manager Phil Brown:

“We’re still very interested in Neil Mellor, and if we can do it we’ll do it, but at the moment it looks as if it will be a bridge too far,” said Megson.

“We are looking at other players now; we always have been, but there is a bit more emphasis on those now.

Sven Goran Eriksson has avoided comment on Megson’s interest in Leicester winger Lloyd Dyer but appeared not to rule out a deal. The Foxes manager said: “There are a lot of rumours about players going out, but I think all the players want to stay. The ambition is to get into the Premier League.

“Now we have taken in some players, the numbers are too big at the moment and we do have to sell some players. I can’t say who they are.”

Megson earlier this week confirmed Charlton’s interest in Michael Morrison, and it is no surprise the defender has rejoined his former Leicester teammate, Charlton manager Chris Powell, with the Owls believed to be recouping much of the £250,000 paid to the Foxes for him in January.

The Owls’ game at Charlton has been put back to Monday, September 5 for Sky coverage.

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