SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls set to halt bid for Anthony Gardner

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday’s attempt to sign Crystal Palace centre-half Anthony Gardner is under severe threat.

The Star understands that the Owls are preparing to pull out unless a deal is concluded soon.

Wednesday were hoping to complete the formalities over a fortnight ago after the ex-England defender passed a medical, but they have been kept waiting since then.

Dave Jones - who has never confirmed that Gardner was the player concerned - said initially that a minor hiccup had occurred over a signing, not at the Wednesday end.

But it is now believed that the Owls have just about run out of patience.

It also emerged yesterday that an undisclosed Chinese club are interested in Gardner.

Someone described as Gardner’s agent, Aaron Remikie, has been quoted as saying: “Anthony is in no rush to decide what the next step of his career is and, after back-to-back, injury-free seasons, he feels that he can still play in the top flight.

“There has been a lot of interest from both the UK and in the Far East.” Remikie is not on FIFA’s list of registered English agents.

Jones will already have other targets in mind.