Sheffield Wednesday targets: The final four

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HUDDERSFIELD winger Gary Roberts is believed to be one of the four players being targeted by Gary Megson.

The Wednesday boss has admitted that he wants a wide man, two forwards and a centre-half to complete his player hunt.

It seems clear that Preston’s Neil Mellor and Rochdale’s Chris O’Grady are the strikers, and Wolves’ Danny Batth is probably the defender. Now The Star understands that Roberts is also under focus.

There are also reports that Roberts has had a fall-out with Huddersfield’s management so may be attainable; he has a year left on his contract.

Aged 27, he was signed for £250,000 from Ipswich in 2008. He won Player of the Year awards in his first two seasons with the Terriers and helped them to reach the play-offs last season.

Megson is known to be keen on Mellor and last week confirmed that an initial bid for O’Grady - believed to be around £200,000 - was rejected. Batth could return to Hillsborough on loan from Wolves.

Wing target Lloyd Dyer decided to stay at Leicester.

The Owls manager refused to comment on specific targets but has underlined the urgency of his quest. “The season starts in less than three weeks. We’ve got 19 players and a few of those are injured. Promotion teams usually have 30 players,” he said.

Only 12 first-team players were on view in the training session at the club’s open day.

Megson will take comfort from the fact that chairman Milan Mandaric has said he will back him in the market.

The manager said: “The understanding was that during the summer we had to release players to release funds so that we could bring in ones that I want. We’ve signed four and there are funds to bring others in. The first two and a half weeks of pre-season are about fitness; the second two and half weeks bring in drills and organisation - we can’t do that properly because we can’t get the players in yet.

“We are desperate to bring them in. I’m hopeful that everything can change very quickly.”

A shortage of players has forced him to revise his selection plans for the friendlies against Rotherham tonight (all-ticket) and at Stocksbridge tomorrow (7.45pm).

“We can’t do what I wanted to do, because we haven’t got enough players.”