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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Dave Jones already has a touch of attacking Klas

Targetman: Gary Madine is expected to lead the line for the Owls in the Championship

Targetman: Gary Madine is expected to lead the line for the Owls in the Championship

  • by Dom Howson Sheffield Wednesday
 

DAVE Jones is looking to add more firepower to his Sheffield Wednesday side over the summer.

The Owls chief, who won 10 of his 12 matches in charge after replacing Gary Megson in February to steer the club to automatic promotion, wants more competition up front.

Having released Clinton Morrison last week and watched Nile Ranger return to parent club Newcastle United, Jones has just three senior strikers at his disposal, Gary Madine, Ryan Lowe and Chris O’Grady.

Jones, who has been linked with former Bolton Wanderers striker Ivan Klasnic, rates Madine highly and is expected to persevere with the Gateshead-born ace in the Championship next season. Madine finished top scorer at Hillsborough, netting 18 goals, including six under Jones, who paired him with Lowe four times, O’Grady once and Ranger seven.

Bringing the best out of Madine on a regular basis could hold the key to Wednesday mounting a second successive promotion charge. It is thought Jones is searching for one, possibly two strikers, in the transfer market to play alongside Madine, who is central to his plans.

Another area of the team Jones is contemplating strengthening is the goalkeeping department. Stephen Bywater and Arron Jameson are out of contract. Both have been offered new deals but Jones may move for Tom Heaton, who has been released by Cardiff City, should either Bywater or Jameson decide to go elsewhere.

Jones, who watched the Championship play-off final between Blackpool and West Ham, is closing in on Oldham Athletic right-back Kieran Lee.

His capture is set to be confirmed by Wednesday later this week.

Jones has also stated he is interested in re-signing Danny Batth and Michail Antonio. Batth has two years left to run of his contract at Wolverhampton Wanderers but Antonio is unlikely to figure at Reading, who will be competing in the Premier League next year.

 

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