Owls work on next signing but deny bid for Murray

MILAN Mandaric and Alan Irvine are working on their next signing - but both are denying claims that the Owls are chasing Brighton striker Glenn Murray.

Manager Irvine told The Star that Wednesday have not made a move for the forward who has hit 11 goals this season for the League One leaders and is due to fall out of contract this summer.

Chairman Mandaric said that the Owls are "not close" to signing Murray and that Irvine is currently focusing on a "couple of others."

Irvine said: "We know plenty about Glenn Murray; Billy Barr (Owls coach] was at Carlisle with him.

"He's obviously doing very well, but I would think it would be very hard for anybody to get him out.

"I know he's out of contract at the end of the season, but he's a very important player for Brighton and they're trying to get promotion."

Murray cost 300,000 from Rochdale three years ago. Manager Gus Poyet said recently that he wants the 27-year-old to stay.

Mandaric, hoping to have brought in six players by the end of the month, said: "We are very busy; it's not easy; sometimes your competitors get involved; sometimes goalposts change. but we are working on it and we'll get there."

One of the Owls' possible striker targets, Edson Buddle, has agreed to join German club Ingolstadt in a free-transfer move from LA Galaxy.

But Wednesday had finished up ruling him out anyway because there was a work-permit obstacle to him playing in England.

Irvine said the Mark Reynolds issue was "not dead but not imminent" - with the Owls having bid for the Motherwell defender.

He said last night that he could not tell yet whether the next signing will come before Saturday's game again Charlton:

"I don't know...it's not impossible, but we're not ready to bring anyone in at this moment."

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