Owls chief plots summer spending spree

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GARY Megson will give Sheffield Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric a shopping list of players this week.

It will be a second meeting between the two about the reshaping of the squad for next season.

Megson explained: “I have had a meeting with Milan; not about names, but positions and the type of players we will be looking for.

“We’ll be having another meeting in midweek, when I will give him the names, and we’ll see if we can get them in. They’re all experienced players, all British. Hopefully we can get these players in and take the club forward.”

Megson refuses to divulge any more details about his targets or how many there may be. He does not expect them to be free transfers - a change from last year when his predecessor Alan Irvine could operate only in the free-transfer market.

Megson has also revealed that his plans will be affected by whether or not he can offload certain players.

He added: “We won’t be able to make wholesale changes. You can’t just say ‘this is what we want to do, hey presto there it goes.’

“For a player who’s under contract you might not be particularly keen for him to stay but there’s got to be somebody else who would want him. The other way around, you might want a player, but struggle to get him in.

“We do have plans - it’s whether they come to fruition.

“We will bring players in, and players will be leaving, but we won’t be alone in that.”

Megson told his players before Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Walsall that they are all playing for their futures. That applies whether players are on loan, under contract or about to come out of contract.

He says he is so focused on the job of taking the club forward that he has paid scant regard to his own contract - he was appointed on a three-and-a-half year deal in February.

“I didn’t open my contract, to tell you the truth. I know what I earn but I didn’t open my contract because I didn’t come here for that,” he said.