Wednesday closing in on new boy No 3

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday are closing in on their third summer signing.

Chairman Milan Mandaric has told The Star that the club are hoping to finalise their latest addition in the next two to three days.

So far, manager Gary Megson has captured centre-back Rob Jones and midfielder David Prutton on free transfers from Scunthorpe United and Swindon Town respectively.

With the club having released Tommy Miller last month, a new central midfielder remains top of Megson’s priority list.

Megson is a long-time admirer of Charlton Athletic’s Jose Semedo and confirmed that the Owls had held discussions with the former Sporting Lisbon youngster last week. Semedo, whose contract runs out shortly, was named player of the year at The Valley last season. Of Semedo, Megson said: “He’s a good player. I’d like to do something with him.”

There promises to be plenty of wheeling and dealing at Hillsborough throughout the off-season as Megson looks to make Wednesday promotion contenders.

Mandaric, who completed his takeover of the club six months ago, said: “There is a lot of competition for players but we are not concerned because we have our plans in place. We (the board) are trying to fulfil the manager’s desires and give him the support he needs to get the results that we all want.”

Along with Semedo, Megson also hopes to recruit Neil Mellor on a permanent basis. The Star understands the Owls vice chairman and chief executive Paul Aldridge will have a second round of talks with the striker’s agent later on this week. Mellor is contracted to the Lilywhites until 2012 but the 28-year-old has admitted he would be interested in joining Megson’s revolution.

A source said: “Neil enjoyed his time on loan at the club under Alan Irvine and Gary. He has got a great affinity with the club and his dad played for them too.

“Talks are progressing well and all parties are looking to get something sorted out.”