Sheffield Wednesday: Ex-Blade Billy on Owls radar

Southampton striker Billy Sharp. Photo credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire.
Southampton striker Billy Sharp. Photo credit: Chris Ison/PA Wire.
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Sheffield Wednesday are set to step up their search for a new striker on the eve of the club’s first round Capital One Cup clash at Rotherham United tonight, with Billy Sharp thought to be a transfer target.

As chairman Milan Mandaric told The Star yesterday, the Championship club want to bolster their forward department. Despite the Owls recently recruiting Atdhe Nuhiu, who scored on his debut at Queens Park Rangers last weekend, a new striker remains top of their priority list.

In the last 48 hours, the Owls have been linked with a loan move for Southampton’s Sharp. The 27-year-old, formerly of Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield United, spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, hitting 10 goals in 30 starts.

It is understood Sharp been left frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities under Saints manager Mauricio Pochettino, having not played for the Premier League club in almost a year.

Rovers and Burnley are all believed to be monitoring Sharp’s situation but Barnsley boss David Flitcroft has said he is not on their radar.

When quizzed on Sharp in yesterday’s press conference, Jones refused to be drawn on him specifically but stated: “If there are good players (available), then of course we would be interested.”

Jones, who is still waiting for Rafael Floro to be granted international clearance, is unlikely to risk Joe Mattock (knee) or Reda Johnson (tendonitis) at New York Stadium tonight while Rotherham striker Daniel Nardiello has been ruled out of the tie with a hamstring problem.