SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Jay Bothroyd in Owls’ sights

England cap: Jay Bothroyd in action as a substitute against France at Wembley in 2010; he was the first Cardiff player to play for England and was signed by Dave Jones for the Bluebirds from Wolves for �300,000
England cap: Jay Bothroyd in action as a substitute against France at Wembley in 2010; he was the first Cardiff player to play for England and was signed by Dave Jones for the Bluebirds from Wolves for �300,000
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are understood to have been eyeing QPR striker Jay Bothroyd as a possible loan signing.

But the Owls may not be able to prise him out of a Premier League environment and other options are being considered as well.

Manager Dave Jones is keeping up efforts to sign two strikers, a central defender and a midfield player.

Welsh midfielder Jason Koumas has begun training with the club but this does not mean he is going to be signed.

A full transfer for Bothroyd to Hillsborough is not thought to be on the cards, despite claims about a £1m deal.

The 30-year-old was signed by Jones for Cardiff from Wolves in 2008 and won an England cap by playing as a sub in a 2010 friendly against France, a 2-1 defeat. He spent three years with the Bluebirds and joined QPR last summer on a free. Bothroyd scored twice against Wednesday in their 3-2 defeat at Cardiff in the penultimate game of the 2009-10 season as the Owls headed towards relegation.

Owls keeper Nicky Weaver, who does not have a Hillsborough squad number, may yet be joining Doncaster. A move was close recently and Rovers are still assessing their keeper department.

Koumas has been without a club since leaving Wigan over a year ago and he worked solo with Owls fitness coach Alex Armstrong during the summer. He was due to join in with Wednesday earlier this summer but was delayed by a foot problem.

“He’s just training with us; we’ll see how he is and whether he still wants to do it,” said Jones.

Jones let trialist Marlon Harewood go because he feels he is a similar type of player to Chris O’Grady, and the Owls boss had other possible options. “Marlon worked hard; we helped to get fit and we wish him all the best,” said Jones.