Jones checks out City man as Kirkland backs new boy to shine

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Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones has an interest in unwanted Hull City striker Aaron McLean, the Sheffield Telegraph understands.

McLean is surplus to requirements at the KC Stadium following Hull’s promotion to the Premier League and Jones, understood to be in the marker for a pacy goalscorer, could test City’s resolve with an enquiry.

Leroy Lita, who spent the latter half of last season on loan at Hillsborough, remains another option. The Swansea striker has told close friends that he would like to return to the Owls, and it is unlikely that Michael Laudrup would stand in his way.

Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, meanwhile, believes that Wednesday can take their momentum from last season and build a “solid platform” for next season.

“We haven’t set any targets yet,” Kirkland revealed.

“I’m sure towards the end of our trip to Portugal, the gaffer [Jones] will sit us down, but we will see.

“As ever, the Championship looks an extremely tough league this season.

“It is important to get off to a good start, and see where that takes us.”

“We can take a lot of confidence from how we finished last season,” Kirkland added.

“If we can start how we finished last term, it will give us a great platform.

“There are a lot of great sides in this league again, so it won’t be easy, but we will do our best for the fans and see where it takes us.”

Kirkland, who played 90 minutes on Tuesday evening as Wednesday were beaten 3-1 by Portugese top tier side Braga in Albufeira, also backed new boy Jacques Maghoma to make the step up from League Two to the Championship.

Maghoma caught the eye after scoring 18 goals for Burton Albion, and sealed a free transfer switch to the Owls.

“He’s settled in really well, and hopefully he will have a great season with us,” former England man Kirkland added.

“He is really looking forward to it.

“He got 18 goals last year so if he can get half of that tally again, it would be great for us.”