SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls court striker Nile Ranger

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Nile Ranger is set to remain a Sheffield Wednesday target as he awaits trial in October.

He is accused of assault and causing actual bodily harm in an incident that followed a night out in Newcastle last August.

The case was adjourned at Newcastle Crown Court yesterday and Ranger will reappear there in the week beginning October 1 - six weeks after the football season starts.

He denies the accusations.

Wednesday knew of the issue when they opened negotiations with Newcastle in May about a Hillsborough return for the 21-year-old who helped them to earn promotion while on loan.

The Owls are understood to retain confidence in him despite his legal situation and remain hopeful of reaching an agreement with the Magpies, where he has four years left on his contract.

The trial - likely to take two to three days - was postponed to give barristers more time to review CCTV footage.

Ranger joined Barnsley on loan in November and Wednesday on loan in March. After scoring one of the Owls’ promotion-clinching goals against Wycombe he uncovered his T shirt which said ‘I am a changed man’.

Appearing in the dock yesterday wearing a dark suit and trainers, the striker spoke to confirm his name and that he understood his bail conditions.

Ranger was signed by Dave Jones on loan deadline day in March. He made eight appearances and scored two goals.