SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls play waiting game in quest to finalise squad

Sheff Weds v Wycombe Wanderers 'Keith Treacy tries to find a way through
Sheff Weds v Wycombe Wanderers 'Keith Treacy tries to find a way through
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday boss Dave Jones is prepared to play a waiting game in his quest for new signings.

Jones has already shown his hand in the transfer market, having captured six players during the close season.

However, the Owls manager has, so far, been thwarted in his attempts to bring in Michail Antonio, David Norris and Keith Treacy. The trio are all believed to be on Jones’ radar.

In Antonio and Treacy’s case, they both impressed on loan at Hillsborough last season as the club pipped arch rivals Sheffield United to the second automatic promotion berth in League One.

But Jones refuses to be hurried as he looks for new blood to freshen up his playing squad. He has indicated he wants to sign a total of 12 new players over the summer but has told The Star he is willing to bide his time to make sure the club get the right personnel in.

He said: “We are looking to strengthen everywhere apart from the goalkeeping department.

“We are looking at quite a few players. We have a list and if we get the players in who we want, we will be more than happy.

“There is still a long way to go before the season kicks off. Sometimes transfers take a little bit longer than you want as players and clubs will always be keeping an eye out for what they can get elsewhere.”

Antonio and Norris have been strongly linked with Wednesday but Jones’ policy regarding potential transfer targets is he will only comment on deals which have been signed, sealed and delivered. I don’t talk about players we are chasing,” he said.

Slovenian international Nejc Pecnik was on trial at Wednesday last week and is on the verge of being offered a contract by the Owls.

The attacking midfielder currently plies his trade with Portuguese side Nacional.

Jones has good contacts in Portugal. Pecnik, aged 26, was a member of the Slovenia World Cup squad in 2010.

Jones said: “We will bring in one or two trialists and have a look at them in training and see whether they fit into the environment. They can have a look at us too.

“If we could get the new players in before Portugal, that would be absolutely superb. We have a lot of things going on and we will wait and see what happens.”

Several clubs have expressed “tentative” interest in Wednesday’s players, according to Jones.

“We have had a few inquiries for our players,” he said.

“We have got good players and they have done well so you are going to get inquiries but we have had nothing concrete at the moment.”