Owls caught in queue

Pace ace: Nathan Tyson
Pace ace: Nathan Tyson
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday face hot competition if they are to pursue an interest in Nathan Tyson.

The Owls are believed to fancy the forward who is set to leave the City Ground.

But the number of clubs interested in him is believed to have grown and is said to include a couple of Premier League outfits as well as some in the Championship and the Scottish Premier League.

Wednesday’s interest emerged when Tyson’s contract was nearing its end and it was thought that he would be leaving.

He has since turned down a contract offer and confirmed that he wants a fresh start.

Competitors may be in a position to offer higher wages than Wednesday can afford. But he could stand a better chance of regular first-team

football at Hillsborough than at some of the clubs who want him.

His father and agent has indicated that Tyson has plenty of options but will probably choose from a shortlist of four.

Wednesday manager Gary Megson took Tyson to Forest from Wycombe in 2005 after a move to Hillsborough fell through.

Forest signed him on loan and then paid a fee of £675,000 in January, 2006.

He is quick and can play up front or out wide - the latter is the position in which he has played many of his most recent games.

His availability comes at a time when the Owls’ Jermaine Johnson, a similarly versatile player, is about to fall out of contract.

Wednesday have made an offer to Johnson but are bound to consider other options until his future is resolved. Owls: P39