Scotland is no 1 target

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are chasing highly-rated Ipswich Town striker Jason Scotland, chairman Milan Mandaric has confirmed.

Trinidad and Tobago international Scotland has emerged Owls manager Gary Megson’s top target in the transfer window following the collapse of Neil Mellor’s switch earlier this month.

Neil Mellor

Neil Mellor

Wednesday are still looking to resurrect a deal for Mellor but Megson is also interested in capturing Scotland.

“We are interested in him and we are trying to see what can be done there,” Mandaric told The Star.

Scotland played 45 matches for the Portman Road club last season, scoring 10 goals, having arrived from Wigan Athletic for a fee believed to be in the region of £750,000, last August.

He has been deemed surplus to requirements at Ipswich by boss Paul Jewell, who has signed two new strikers in Nathan Ellington and former Barnsley ace Michael Chopra.

Championship newcomers Brighton and Hove Albion are also weighing up whether to enter the race to sign Scotland, who almost rejoined former club Swansea City on loan in February.

If Scotland is to move to Hillsborough, it is likely the 32-year-old would have to accept a significant pay cut. He is reportedly earning £10,000 a week at Ipswich, where his contract does not expire until next season.

However, Jewell may be unwilling to sell Scotland immediately until Connor Wickham’s future is resolved. Sunderland have tabled an £8 million bid for the youngster.

Megson is keen on strengthening his strikeforce having released Paul Heffernan last week, while a deal for Mellor remains in doubt, as the forward’s personal terms remain a stumbling block.