SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Third try for Owls

Money talks: Owls chairman Milan Mandaric
Money talks: Owls chairman Milan Mandaric
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are weighing up a third bid for Michail Antonio.

It follows Reading’s rejection of the latest offer of around £700,000 for the winger.

Chairman Milan Mandaric says that the Owls plan to continue negotiations.

Mandaric talked to Royals officials in Portugal on the day that Wednesday beat the Premier League outfit 2-0 in a friendly in Albufeira.

He told The Star last night after his return from the Algarve: “I had a discussion with the owner and his people and I think we are going to continue the dialogue over the next couple of days to see if we can resolve things.

“I am also going to talk with my manager and we’ll see how far we want to go.”

This means that the Owls are preparing a third attempt to land the forward who starred in their promotion campaign.

Reading director of football Nick Hammond has indicated that the Owls will have to improve their offer. He said: “The ball is in their court. We are in no rush to sell Michail and there are plenty of clubs who are interested in him.

“We’re having a good look at him over these 10 days in Portugal and at the moment he is very much part of our squad.”

Reading have another game in Portugal tomorrow, against Olhanense.

Antonio played against the Owls as a second half sub on Tuesday. He chatted to Wednesday players before the game and was given a warm reception by Owls supporters.

Wednesday flew home yesterday but so did Nick Hammond and Reading owner Anton Zigarevic.

Although Reading report interest in Antonio from other clubs, the Owls still look favourites to sign him sooner or later..

Wednesday are also still working on their attempt to sign midfield player David Norris from Portsmouth.