JERMAINE Johnson is set to become the last of Sheffield Wednesday’s out-of-contract players to sign a new deal.
Plans for him to stay at the club remain on course though he is currently an odd man out after agreement with Arron Jameson, Stephen Bywater and Mark Beevers was reached.
A deal with Johnson is understood to have been agreed in principle and the paperwork is due to be completed when the Jamaica international is back in town after a summer break.
Manager Dave Jones wanted to keep him because he believes that an explosive player of his type is an asset and would be costly on the open market.
Jones hopes to have added further to his squad by the time the players report back for pre-season training next week.
Ideally he would like another exciting winger, Michail Antonio, to be among his next batch of signings but he and chairman Milan Mandaric are having to play a waiting game over the man who took Hillsborough by storm during his loan spell last season.
The ball appears to be in Reading’s court, and much will depend on whether or not they want to keep him and whether they are prepared to part with him for the right price as they prepare for a Premier League campaign.
Winger Garath McCleary seemed to push Antonio down the Madejski Stadium pecking order when he was signed on a Bosman free from Nottingham Forest earlier in the summer.
Another Owls wing target and loan success, Burnley’s Keith Treacy, is seen by Dave Jones as a different type of wide man, compared to Johnson and Antonio - less explosive but with quality in his passing and at set pieces.