Wednesday eye up Cook

Transfer target: Talented QPR wide man Lee Cook could become Sheffield Wednesday's fifth January signing.  Picture: Anthony Devlin
Transfer target: Talented QPR wide man Lee Cook could become Sheffield Wednesday's fifth January signing. Picture: Anthony Devlin
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CHAIRMAN Milan Mandaric has confirmed Sheffield Wednesday are interested in capturing Queens Park Rangers winger Lee Cook in an attempt to revive the club’s faltering promotion push.

Cook, who has recently returned to action following a lengthy period on the sidelines with a knee problem, has slipped down in the pecking order at Loftus Road.

With first-team opportunities restricted at QPR, the 28-year-old has revealed he is eager to go out on loan to improve his match fitness.

Cook has made just one appearance for the Championship league leaders in the 2010/11 campaign, coming on as a late substitute in the 1-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers earlier this month.

Mandaric told The Star: “We are working on that one. Hopefully something will materialise on that.

“We need a little bit more experience and quality than what we have so he is someone we are looking at.”

Millwall are understood to be tracking Cook as well, with Lions boss Kenny Jackett having recently watched the Hammersmith-born player in a reserve match.

Under pressure Wednesday manager Alan Irvine is looking to strengthen his midfield following the news that Tommy Miller will be out for up to six weeks.

Miller has been a regular under Irvine but had to stay off at half time of last Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Leyton Orient because of a hamstring injury.

A scan has identified muscle damage and Irvine has admitted Miller’s absence is likely to be between four to six weeks.

“We need some support in midfield so we are looking at bringing in maybe one or two players,” added Mandaric.

The businessman, who has already bankrolled four new recruits in the January transfer window, is backing Irvine to arrest Wednesday’s slide.

“We are desperate for stability,” said Mandaric. “The last thing I would like to do is make changes. I don’t like changes but, at the same time, results are what we want. I’m quite sure with a couple more additions Alan is going to be able to deliver those results.”