Wednesday get ready to make next move

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday could open talks with a fifth transfer target within the next 48 hours.

Vice-chairman Paul Aldridge is ready to conduct negotiations as soon as manager Alan Irvine has decided to proceed.

The club are hoping to bring in two more players in the January window after the arrival of Michael Morrison, Reda Johnson, Gary Madine and Mark Reynolds.

Aldridge, who does the contract talks with agents and players, said last night: “I’m not actually talking to anyone at the moment.

“I’m expecting the shout to start those discussions in the next 24-48 hours, on one player.”

Irvine researches the footballing background and characters of players to add that to what he knows about their ability on the pitch, to make sure money is spent wisely. He has has been working off a shopping list of potential targets.

Aldridge added: “There are a number of players we are looking at.

“Alan is very detailed in his ‘due diligence’ and speaks to a lot of people.

“He treats the money almost like his own; I’m the same.

“If the players he’s looking at don’t come up to what he thinks we need, I won’t be starting those discussions, but I’m hoping there will be another player in this week.”

The Owls could also have Lewis Buxton back in the squad for Saturday’s match at Leyton Orient.

Irvine has been hoping that he would make it, though last Saturday’s game against Charlton was always likely to be a little too early for the right back who has been out with a hamstring injury.

Giles Coke could also be ready for the trip to Brisbane Road, after completing his recovery from a cartilage operation by returning to training last week.

But Jon Otsemobor is still out with a calf problem and will not be fit for Saturday.