SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Jones can step up bid to sign Treacy

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday could be set to step up their bid to sign Keith Treacy from Burnley.

The Clarets’ signing of another winger, George Porter of Leyton Orient, may increase the Owls’ chances of landing the man who aided their promotion feat.

Dave Jones has been on the trail of Treacy since the end of last season.

It is believed that Burnley would be willing to part with him but that they are looking for a fee and agreement has yet to be reached.

Porter is 20 and is described by Turf Moor boss Eddie Howe as an exciting young player.

Treacy has made only 16 league starts for the club since being signed from Preston in the summer of last year.

Howe has said of Porter: “We believe George is an exciting young player with the potential to develop further with us.

“He will increase competition in the wide areas in our squad but is also one for the future.

“He has had a taste of League football and we will now be working with him to help him make the step up to the Championship and make a big impact here at Turf Moor.”

Treacy, aged 23, is understood to have cost the Clarets a substantial fee last year.

Howe vowed last month that no-one will “nick” him and said it was a “wait and see” situation, with the winger expected to fight for his Burnley place unless there were other developments. Treacy was a success in his loan spell with the Owls though he started only the last two games of the season.

Meanwhile, the Owls’ match at Middlesbrough has been brought forward a day to Friday, November 9, kick-off 7.45pm, for live coverage by Sky.

A new fan group, East Midland Owls, will be present at the club’s community day in Hillsborough Park on July 14 and report a big response to their launch at www.eastmidlandsowls.co.uk.