Alan Biggs at Large: Ben Marshall looking more likely to be a returning Rover at Sheffield Wednesday than Jordan Rhodes

Ben Marshall in his Sheffield Wednesday days

Ben Marshall in his Sheffield Wednesday days

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From all I hear Ben Marshall is a far likelier summer arrival from Blackburn Rovers than Jordan Rhodes. But that’s hardly taking a pin to a balloon surely?

Expectation levels around Hillsborough are higher but not through the roof.

Owls Sam Hutchinson with Rovers Jordan Rhodes

Owls Sam Hutchinson with Rovers Jordan Rhodes

Signing Rhodes might necessitate Sheffield Wednesday multiplying their current wage ceiling of around £10,000 a week by five!

Not to mention a fee of some £8m and the hazards of straying outside Financial Fair Play.

Then again, this kind of speculation is inevitable now that the club is debt-free and under new ownership with unspecified funding.

And, of course, any Championship manager worth his salt would love a Rhodes-type player. The question is almost not worth asking.

Throw in the presence of the striker’s dad, Andy, on Stuart Gray’s staff plus Jordan’s astonishing seven goals in recent visits and the sums seem to add up.

Except perhaps the one that matters.

My soundings suggest resources will be spread rather than splashed on one spectacular signing.

Which brings us to Rhodes’ Blackburn team mate, Marshall, who needs no introduction after his League One loan spell and is rated highly by Gray. The winger is almost halfway into a four-year contract after signing from Leicester.

A substantial fee would be required, albeit not on the Rhodes’ scale.

And given the further rumour that Marshall would relish such a move after previous acclaim from Owls fans, he looks a viable target.