Wednesday forced to wait over Batth deal

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday may have to wait until early July to re-sign Wolves centre-back Danny Batth on a season long loan deal, The Star can reveal.

It is no secret Owls manager Gary Megson wants to bring the talented defender back to Hillsborough following the youngster’s productive loan spell at the end of last season.

But, negotiations appear set to drag on into next month, with Wednesday unlikely to agree a deal for Batth’s services before the start of pre-season training on June 29.

Batth, who is contracted to the Molineux club for another two years, played in 10 of the final 11 matches of the 2010-11 campaign.

He played a major role in Wednesday safeguarding their League One status. His impressive form alongside Rob Jones, who Megson has captured on a permanent basis from Scunthorpe United this summer, was a driving force behind the club’s late revival.

Batth and Jones worked well in tandem at the heart of Wednesday’s defence and helped shore up a leaky backline.

Aged 20, Batth has indicated he would be open to returning to Wednesday.

In the transfer market, Megson remains on the hunt for a new striker, having allowed Paul Heffernan to move on to pastures new at Kilmarnock.

Megson’s strikeforce options are limited in the attacking department. The Owls chief currently has just Clinton Morrison, Gary Madine and youngster Nathan Modest at his disposal.

Neil Mellor is understood to be Megson’s number one target but he is also reportedly interested in drafting in Jason Scotland from Ipswich Town.

With Tommy Spurr on the verge of joining neighbours Doncaster Rovers, Megson could be given an increased transfer kitty as he looks to restructure his squad.

Owner Milan Mandaric has said he has ‘three or four’ signings in the pipeline for Megson and reiterated the club’s desires to re-sign Sheffield-born Mellor.