SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls and Reds both want Nile

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A SOUTH Yorkshire battle for the services of Newcastle United striker Nile Ranger is on the cards. The Star understands former Barnsley and Sheffield Wednesday loan ace Ranger is on Reds’ manager Keith Hill’s wish-list.

Ranger’s career has been blighted by problems and only last month sparked outrage when he was pictured posing with a gun.

At the weekend Ranger was rushed to hospital with a 12 inch gash to his arm after he fell during a night out.

The Magpies forward required 21 stitches when he cut his arm on a metal shard as he climbed over a fence to retrieve a football. Ranger is currently on bail facing trial for assault on two revellers and two police offiers.

Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones used Ranger successfully as the Owls clinched promotion to the Championship and is thought to be also trying to bring him back to Hillsborough on a permanent deal.

Meanwhile, Barnsley are closing in on the double signing of former Tottenham striker Mido and former Sheffield United and Chelsea midfielder Jacob Mellis.

Both players are free agents and The Star understands they will be at Oakwell this week to discuss potential deals. Mido, aged 29, is due at Oakwell today for a medical, while 21-year-old Mellis - who played 15 games on loan with the Reds in 2011 - is expected later in the week.