SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Pompey midfielder on Owls target list

Interest: Wednesday are still in the hunt for Michail Antonio
Interest: Wednesday are still in the hunt for Michail Antonio
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has confirmed that Portsmouth midfielder David Norris could be among a total summer influx of 12 new players to Hillsborough.

The Owls chief has also told The Star that he is “confident and optimistic” about landing Michail Antonio and reaffirmed that the club remain on the trail of other loan stars Nile Ranger and Keith Treacy.

Norris is for sale at relegated Pompey as they attempt to ease their financial problems and was a regular in their Championship side after joining them on a Bosman free a year ago from Ipswich amid competition from Hull and Forest.

Ipswich paid Plymouth a fee of £2m for him five years ago.

The 31-year-old has two years left on his contract. He has also been linked with Leeds.

Mandaric, confirming an interest though not divulging the exact state of play over Norris, said: “At this time of the year a lot of things aren’t moving but we are doing our job. We have signed five players and, as I said after the end of last season, by the end of the summer we hope to have 12 new players.

“We are looking to do some things but there are things that we don’t know yet.”

An Antonio bid - believed to have been been around £350,000 - was turned down but the Owls still hope to prise him out of Reading: “They rejected a bid but did not make it firm what they want, and they wanted time,” said Mandaric.

On Ranger, he said: “We are dealing with that. The manager is interested in him and thinks he is a talented player who can do well. It is the same with Keith Treacy.”

The Owls chief, without naming any other names, added: “People we are looking at are all quality players who can make a contribution.

“We are are looking to improve where we can, for next season, and see how far we can go. The challenge is there on every level. There will be a lot of good teams, and a lot of teams with parachute money.

“It’s not going to be easy. But we are not scared. We have all been there and we are looking forward.”