Sheffield Wednesday: Spending is to start

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Sheffield Wednesday have promised to step up their recruitment drive over the next couple of weeks as they seek to make their mark in the Championship.

Although the Owls have yet to sign a player this summer, manager Dave Jones and chairman Milan Mandaric have told The Star they are refusing to panic over their lack of transfer activity.

It is understood Jones, Mandaric and chief executive Paul Aldridge met in London yesterday to discuss potential reinforcements.

Before Chris O’Grady moved to Barnsley for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in region of £300,000, Mandaric told this newspaper Wednesday wanted four new additions. However, he admits the club could be in the market for even more new recruits if they fail to tie down all of their out-of-contract players.

Back-up goalkeeper Stephen Bywater is expected to turn down their contract offer and join Millwall on a free transfer.

Mandaric said: “There are a lot of things being done on the quiet behind the scenes. There will be some newcomers but, at the same time, we are not going to turn things upside down.

“We are looking at the team who finished the second half of the season and we will try to improve that team. If we are capable of doing this, I think we should have a pretty competitive team. That’s our objective.”

Jones, refreshed from a summer break, believes the transfer market will hot up at the end of this month and the beginning of July.

“There is not a lot of movement in June,” he said. “Clubs don’t have a lot of income over the summer and don’t really want to be taking on extra wages.

“That’s why the market has been really dormant. There’s been the odd few moves but not too many. Things will really start to happen over the next few weeks. We know where we need to strengthen.”

Bolton have agreed a compensation package with Wednesday for youngster Hayden White. It is thought Bolton have paid the Owls around £100,000 for the 18-year-old’s services. Both clubs were keen to avoid the deal going to a tribunal.