SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Owls boss Dave Jones hails right Royal show

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OWLS manager Dave Jones has given his players a big pat on the back after they ended their week in Portugal with a 2-0 win against Premier League club Reading in Albufeira last night.

“You don’t get any points for that, but if you did I would be absolutely delighted,” he said. “Reading are a good side.

“Our lads have worked their socks off all week and they deserved this win.

“We have had a great week in Portugal, and I’ve been absolutely delighted with the players from the first minute they got back for pre-season.”

The goals last night came from Mike Jones and Chris O’Grady, and the manager praised the team’s performance: “We kept our shape, worked well defensively and attacked well as a unit.”

Michail Antonio played for the second half as a Reading sub.

Earlier in the day Owls chairman Milan Mandaric confirmed fresh talks with the Royals over the winger.

“I am meeting their chairman to see where they stand. Do they want to sell him? How much do they want? Our first offer was not enough and our second offer was not enough.” The Owls’ bids are thought to have been up to £700,000.

Mandaric also said: “We still need to get a few more players in and we are working on that.

“There are a few different things to sort out; hopefully there will be more progress in the next few days.”

Wednesday are known to be in the hunt for Portsmouth midfielder David Norris, but The Star understands that claims he has been to Sheffield for talks are wide of the mark.

Mandaric has been linked in a Belgian magazine with Belgian club Westerlo.

He told The Star that the Owls a year ago did explore the possibility of establishing a link with Belgium over players, but he strongly denied the magazine’s suggestion that he would be visiting the country in August and could take up a personal involvement in Westerlo: “Absolutely not,” he said.