SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls keeping eye on top flight in player hunt

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WEDNESDAY are ready to pounce if affordable Premier League talent comes on to the transfer market.

Although the Owls already have a list of targets, including Reading’s Michail Antonio and Newcastle’s Nile Ranger, they are willing to amend their plans if further players from the top division are made available and can be feasibly signed.

Premier clubs must declare 25-man squads after the August transfer window closes but Dave Jones could get some indication well in advance of that about players who may be surplus to requirements.

Jones and chairman Milan Mandaric met yesterday to take stock of the Owls’ efforts to sign new players.

Mandaric told The Star: “We are pushing. Also some things are changing. Other players might be available, and we want to be in a position to take advantage of that.

“We still want another four or five players before the start of the season. Hopefully we can get most of those in before the West Brom game next Saturday.

“We also want to see what is happening with the Premier League clubs and make sure we don’t miss out on anything. We need additional quality. At the same time, we don’t want to overburden ourselves. We’re not just going to rush in now. We want to see what else is available.”

Wednesday are also keeping Keith Treacy on their list of possible signings despite the declaration by Burnley manager Eddie Howe that the Clarets want him to stay.

Mandaric added: “We want two players competing for every position and that is what we are concentrating on achieving, with extra quality.We have more than enough bodies. Right now we have well over 30 players, But we need to find a home for some of them.

“Too big a squad is not healthy either. We have good players but some do not quite fit in with what Dave Jones is trying to do.”

Jones said: “I’m pleased with what we’ve brought in so far. If we get the others I want I’ll be even happier.”