SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Robert Earnshaw on Dave Jones’ radar

Owls link: Dave Jones, left, needs a striker and Rob Earnshaw is a proven scorer
Owls link: Dave Jones, left, needs a striker and Rob Earnshaw is a proven scorer
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DAVE Jones has refused to deny an interest in Robert Earnshaw as he and chairman Milan Mandaric search for players - with a striker a priority.

Jones has revealed that he is in daily talks with Mandaric about the hunt but the Owls are being forced to play a waiting game.

The manager refuses to disclose targets but when asked about Cardiff forward Earnshaw he said: “The agents are saying he’s available; that’s probably why his name has been associated (with Wednesday).

“Everybody is looking for players. He’s just one. All good players should interest you anyway; it’s a case of whether you can afford them and where you can get them.

“I can promise our fans we are trying really hard. The chairman is on to me every day. But at this time of the season, people will wait.

“Unless at the moment you have money to buy players, it will always be difficult to get the ones you want.”

Jones must offload players if he is to bring new ones in, and is looking primarily at the loan market.

Earnshaw, aged 31, has a track record as a goalscorer. He is back at Cardiff after a loan spell with Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay says Earnshaw is not in his plans and Mackay has seemed not to rule out another loan move: “We will work hard to get something moving for him.”

Earnshaw wants to try to change Mackay’s mind: “My priority is to prove myself again at Cardiff, but we’ll see how that goes,” said the Wales international.