Sheffield Wednesday: Owls weigh up Marshall move

Former Owls loan star Ben Marshall.
Former Owls loan star Ben Marshall.
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Sheffield Wednesday chief Stuart Gray is refusing to rule out the possibility of Ben Marshall returning to Hillsborough.

In recent weeks, the Owls have been heavily linked with the Blackburn Rovers midfielder, who is unlikely to start their Championship opener with Cardiff City tonight.

Marshall is held in high regard by Wednesday, having impressed during a loan spell with the Hillsborough outfit two years ago. He featured prominently in their promotion winning season, hitting five goals in 22 appearances.

Gray, who has previously worked with Marshall at Northampton Town, told The Star: “I know Ben. He is a good player. He is a talented boy and I am always going to be interested in good players.”

But he stressed: “I’ve not made any contact with the Blackburn manager regarding him.”

The 23-year-old played 20 times for Rovers last year. He was a first-team regular before suffering an ankle problem in their draw with Derby County last January.

“We are only going to bring in players who we feel will better us,” added Gray.

Wednesday expect to find out over the next 24 hours whether their offer for striker Stevie May has been accepted by St Johnstone. The Scotland Under-21 international scored in the second leg of Saints’ Europa League tie with Spartak Trnava last night. Rotherham United have been granted permission to speak to May, having had a bid approved by St Johnstone.