Owls move in on Batth

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday have opened talks with Wolves about keeping Danny Batth.

Gary Megson has added Molineux’s Mick McCarthy to the list of managers to whom he has spoken in relation to loan players.

The Owls boss had already revealed that he had discussed the futures of Ben Marshall and Stephen Bywater with Stoke’s Tony Pulis and Derby’s Nigel Clough.

Megson will have made it clear to his opposite numbers that he wants to keep the players

Wednesday vice-chairman Paul Aldridge, who deals with financial matters, will be in charge of more detailed negotiations, and Megson could help to sway the Marshall issue because of his friendship with Pulis.

Megson wants to retain the three players preferably on full transfers but at least on fresh loans.

“I’ve spoken to Mick McCarthy, and the Danny Batth situation is now in the hands of Paul Aldridge,” confirmed Megson.

“I spoke to Nigel about Stephen Bywater, and Paul is also dealing with that. I talked to Tony Pulis and I’ll be trying to do something on Ben Marshall.”

Marshall, who has been linked with Huddersfield, still says that his future depends on Stoke but that he has enjoyed his Owls stay and it has been “brilliant” for his development. He also says Wednesday will be big favourites if Stoke want him to go out on loan again.

Marshall has also previously said that he would not rule out a full transfer if that is what the clubs wanted.

He says: “I’m not sure where my future is going to be and I don’t have a clue what is happening, which is why I want to get things sorted as soon as possible so that I know where I am going to be for the foreseeable future.”