SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Preston ace to become Mayor of Hillsborough

Tricky winger: Danny Mayor is rated by Owls boss Dave Jones.  Picture: David hurst
Tricky winger: Danny Mayor is rated by Owls boss Dave Jones. Picture: David hurst
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are set beat competition from other clubs including Championship rivals Blackpool to sign Preston winger Danny Mayor.

Terms are understood to have been agreed with the Lilywhites and the player.

It follows Dave Jones’s revelation yesterday that the Owls were in negotiations with Preston for the 21-year-old.

Jones has likened him to previous signings Rhys McCabe and Diogo Amado as someone who can knock on the first-team door but also be a player for the future.

Preston have been looking to sell the tricky winger, who expressed a wish to play at a higher level, and he was allowed to play for Blackpool in a private friendly against Newcastle last Saturday.

Mayor came through the youth system at Deepdale and has made 44 senior starts for the club plus 36 appearances as a sub. His signing would fit in with the Owls’ policy of bringing in young players who not only can challenge for first-team places now but also can be developed in ability and value.

Jones has declined to comment on QPR striker Jay Bothroyd and Spanish forward Rodri, a 22-year-old who plays for Barcelona B and has been linked with the club.

The Owls manager also revealed that he is no longer interested in Nicklas Helenias, a striker who plays for Aalborg in Denmark, and he denied claims that he wants Irish midfield player Paul Corry.

Jones also hopes that McCabe’s international clearance will arrive imminently so that the ex-Ranger midfield starlet can begin his Hillsborough career in earnest. The Owls manager said yesterday, ahead of any Mayor deal: “We’re still four players short and we’re trying really hard to bring them in.”

The August transfer window shuts at the end of the month but using the loan market when it re-opens a week after that will be another possible option.

Jones admits that other Championship clubs will have more spending power than the Owls but points out that money is no guaratee of success.

“Looking at [financial] figures, we’d probably be middle of the road, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be top,” he said.

“We’ll go into it wanting to win every game.”

A scan on the knee problem that Gary Madine suffered at Oldham on Monday has not shown anything to show concern and he trained yesterday at Middlewood Road.