Owls step up loan bid

Captain's return: Rob Jones is available again after an operation on his nose
Captain's return: Rob Jones is available again after an operation on his nose
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gary Megson has had talks with Milan Mandaric and been backed by the chairman in a bid to make a loan signing next week.

The loan transfer window closes next Thursday - and Megson has switched his sights to an undisclosed target after his failed attempt to land Reading winger Michail Antonio.

“We’ve gone for another player; the manager of the club seems okay with it and the player seemed okay with it when they spoke to him. We’ll see,” said the Hillsborough manager.

He ruled out a signing before tomorrow’s match at Tranmere.

“I’ve spoken to Milan about maybe getting another body in before November 25; after that, we can’t do anything until January 1. He’s up for it,” he said.

Megson is glad that Wednesday have resources to act. “Fortunately we’re a club where we can do what we want, as opposed to what we have to do, to a certain extent,” he said.

With the January window more in mind, he has not given up hope of landing Antonio, and has confirmed an interest in Blackpool centre-half Miguel Llera, who is due to remain on loan at Brentford until December 7.

“He played down here a couple of weeks ago and

did very well,” said Megson. “He’s one of a few names we would be interested in, but I’m sure other people would be.”

Megson, who said he had not yet spoken to Blackpool manager Ian Holloway, will already be making plans for the January window.

He said: “We will try, from November 25, to make sure we have another centre-half in here to cover for anything that may go wrong and to

put competition on people, and for somebody down that right-hand side as well.”

Megson confirmed that captain Rob Jones is back in the squad for tomorrow’s game, after training for four days following minor surgery on his nose.

He is due to have a bigger operation after the end of the season. “Rob feels better in terms of his breathing,” said Megson. “Hopefully we can get him through to the end of the season without any more problems.”

Jon Otsemobor and Daniel Jones are the only players yet to regain fitness. “Twenty of our 22 professionals are fit, and hopefully Semi will be back in that soon,” added Megson.