Laudrup gives green light for Owls target Lita to leave on loan, but Sharp remains on agenda

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The outcome of Sheffield Wednesday’s long-time pursuit of striker Leroy Lita will become clear soon, Swansea boss Michael Laudrup insists.

Dave Jones, Laudrup’s counterpart at Hillsborough, is desperate to bring in an established goalscorer as his side - currently 20th in the Championship - still seek their first win of the season.

The Owls travel to Birmingham on Saturday unbeaten in four matches, however, with Atdhe Nuhiu again expected to lead the line after scoring his second goal for Wednesday in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Yeovil.

Despite being pleased with how Nuhiu has adapted to English football, Jones is nevertheless keen to bring in striking reinforcements in the emergency loan window - and will be encouraged by Laudrup’s words.

“Leroy really wants to play regularly,” Laudrup said.

“And I can’t guarantee him the chance to do that here.

“We always try to help players, and I think it’s best for him to go on loan somewhere.

“I think in a short period of time, we will know the future club of Leroy.”

Lita, of course, had a highly successful loan spell at Hillsborough towards the end of last season.

Billy Sharp, the former Sheffield United striker, remains another target, although Southampton appear reluctant to let him leave and his reported £18,000 a week wages could be a stumbling block.

Stand-in captain Reda Johnson, meanwhile, insists he “loves” playing at Hillsborough - after Jones suggested that the pressure of a home crowd can overawe some of his players.

“I’m someone who thinks that the fans can help you,” Johnson said.

“So the more fans there are, then the better it should be.

“I enjoy playing at home, but maybe some players don’t enjoy the pressure.

“If I talk for myself, yes I love playing at home because I can feel the atmosphere.

“With Wednesday fans, whether it’s at home or away, they will always be heard.”

Lee Clark’s Birmingham are a place below Wednesday on goal difference, having played a game more.

“We must remember that we have not lost for four games now,” Johnson added.

“That is very important.

“Now we need to push for that win. We need a win for our confidence and for our fans who support us so well, like they will do this Saturday.”