Owls: Megson To Sign Batth

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WOLVES centre half Danny Batth is poised to rejoin Sheffield Wednesday within the next few weeks.

WOLVES centre half Danny Batth is poised to rejoin Sheffield Wednesday within the next few weeks.

The deal would probably be another loan to follow the one that saw the defender become a Hillsborough hit last season.

Wednesday will want him to join in as much of pre-season training as possible when they get back to work on June 29.

Their chances of re-signing the 20-year-old have been boosted firstly by Wolves staying in the Premier League and now by the Molineux club’s intention to sign an experienced centre half this summer.

Batth is rated as a good prospect by his club and signed a new contract earlier this year but it does not appear that he is regarded as being ready yet for Premier football - hence Wolves’ agreement to lend him to the Owls last season and probable willingness to let him go on loan to gain even more League experience.

Gary Megson has been very complimentary about Batth’s contribution, and Wolves boss Mick McCarthy will have been made aware of the Owls’ interest in a second deal.

McCarthy is currently trying to bolster his team - who narrowly escaped relegation - by signing a centre half with Premier League experience.

His No 1 target is believed to be Bimingham’s former Cardiff defender Roger Johnson. Blues have placed a prohibitive £14m price tag on him but relegation could test their resolve. Wolves have five centre halves on their books in addition to Batth, and have given veteran Jody Craddock a new one-year deal.

If Batth is allowed to return to Hillsborough then it could be on a half-season or even full-season loan, with their chances of getting him on a full transfer appearing to be slim.

He would be teaming up again with Rob Jones, who has been signed fully from Scunthorpe.

The two’s centre-defence partnership helped to improve the Owls after the pair arrived just before the March loan deadline.

Batth played in 10 of the 11 remaining games, missing one because of injury.

He indicated that he enjoyed his time at Hillsborough and was keeping an open mind about his immediate future, while accepting that it would be swayed by the views of managers McCarthy and Megson.