SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Midfielder on way as Burton goes

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PORTUGUESE midfield player Paulo Regula could be set to sign for Sheffield Wednesday next week.

The 23-year-old is one of several targets who are inching closer to a Hillsborough move, The Star understands.

But it is now looking likely that the club will lose assistant manager Terry Burton to Arsenal.

The Gunners have firmed up their interest in appointing him reserve-team coach.

The Owls’ transfer activity is likely to accelerate next week when manager Dave Jones is back from holiday, though with much groundwork already done.

Jones has good contacts in Portugal, the country that produced Jose Semedo.

Regula - pronounced Regoola - has been playing for Portuguese club Olhanense and has emerged as a definite target for Wednesday.

As a young boy he was on the books of Sporting Lisbon, who will play a friendly against the Owls on July 22 during Wednesday’s week-long stay on the Algarve.

He began his pro career at Vitoria Setubal and joined Olhanense last year. He has also played for Portugal Under-21s.

Olhanense have played in the top division in Portugal for the last three years and are based on the Algarve. Regula’s age and pedigree suggest that he could be seen as an important addition to the Owls’ senior squad.

When the Owls fly to Portugal on July 18 it is almost certain that Burton will not be with them.

The course for his future looks set even before the talks that Milan Mandaric had envisaged with him next week.