SHEFFIELD Wednesday are expected to complete a deal to sign Derby County striker Chris Maguire early next week.
It is a move that has been tipped for several weeks, but The Star understands it is more likely to happen before another long-touted transfer, that of Anthony Gardner from Crystal Palace.
Maguire, aged 23, joined Derby a year ago from Aberdeen but didn’t hold down a regular place and spent the final months of last season on loan at Portsmouth, who were relegated to League One.
He arrived at Pride Park for a compensation fee believed to be worth £400,000.
He has two years left on his initial three-year contract.
Wednesday have yet to spend any money during the summer, with Chris Kirkland, Kieran Lee and Joe Mattock all being brought to S6 on free transfers but they may be forced to pay a fee for Maguire.
With many predicting the Owls will push for promotion next season, manager Dave Jones has hinted that he won’t be tempted to follow the path of Blackpool or Reading and bring in a ‘big name’ striker such as Kevin Phillips or Jason Roberts who helped shoot the Tangerines and Royals into the Premier League respectively.
He told The Star: “It’s not necessarily the case that we’d do that. Those examples get the headlines because they worked, but it isn’t always a success.”
The Owls’ Capital One Cup match at Oldham on Monday August 13 will be live on Sky Sports TV, kick-off 7.45pm.