Wednesday linked with Macedonian

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have been linked with Macedonian defender Vance Sikov.

But manager Gary Megson last denied a report that claimed he would be in Cyprus today to watch the centre half play for Cypriot side Ethnikos Achnas against Ermis in Larnaca.

Megson told The Star: “I will be watching the FA Cup final on TV here.”

The Owls boss never comments on speculation or on whether or not he is interested in a specific player.

But he has said that all his nine targets given to chairman Milan Mandaric are British.

Meanwhile, the Owls are to strengthen the derby flavour of their year ahead by playing pre-season friendlies against Barnsley, Rotherham and Leeds.

They could already look forward to league fixtures against Sheffield United and Chesterfield.

They will also play a first-team friendly at Worksop, just after they come back from a week’s training in Austria.

A match will be played in Austria, against opposition yet to be announced, but that will be a fitness exercise, with all the squad involved.

The players report back for training on June 29. The league fixtures will be published on June 17, and the League One campaign kicks off on August 6.

Owls pre-season dates: July 6-13 training in Austria, and a June 12 game, July 16 Worksop A (3pm), July 19 Rotherham A (7.30), July 20 Stocksbridge A (7.45), July 23 Leeds H (1), July 24 Sheffield FC A (3), July 26 Barnsley A (7.30), July 27 Hallam A (7.45), July 30 Stoke H (1), July 31 Alfreton A (2).