Sheffield Wednesday: Owls consider striker options

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Sheffield Wednesday have yet to open discussions with Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers regarding the possibility of re-signing striker Leon Best.

Fresh reports in the last 48 hours have circulated suggesting the Owls are close to bringing Best back to Hillsborough.

The Republic of Ireland international notched five goals in 16 appearances during a loan spell at Hillsborough last term.

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer confirmed yesterday that the club have received several inquiries for Best over the summer but has quashed speculation suggesting the 27-year-old is on the brink of leaving Ewood Park.

Bowyer said: “I’ve not heard of any contact from Sheffield Wednesday for Leon. We’ve had one or two inquiries but nothing has actually been backed up.”

Rovers placed Best on the transfer list in May and a number of clubs are keeping close tabs on him. Best trained with the rest of Rovers’ squad yesterday.

When asked if he would be interested in re-signing Best in late May, Wednesday head coach Stuart Gray said: “After he came here, we got him fit and we saw the best of him; you never say never.”

It is believed Rovers are keen to offload Best as they aim to lower their wage bill to comply with the Financial Fair Play regulations which have been implemented for 2014/15 season.

However, Best is contracted to the Lancashire club until 2016 and cost them £3m, so would command a transfer fee.

The Star understands the forward is on wages that reflects his and Rovers’ Premier League pedigree. Wednesday are likely to have paid only a portion of those wages while he was on loan with them.

Gray is determined to capture a 20-goal striker and may consider a loan move, rather than a permanent deal, for Best.

Former Owls defender Miguel Llera, meanwhile, is on trial at League One side Oldham Athletic and played in their friendly with Morecambe last night.