Mandaric snubs ‘unrealistic’ fees

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday chairman Milan Mandaric has spelt out the club’s insistence on value for money in the transfer market.

Although he and Gary Megson are pleased with the business done so far, the owner admits that the hunt for strikers has been “extremely frustrating.”

He says: “Maybe it is because we are Sheffield Wednesday, but we have been quoted some unrealistic prices for strikers.

“Various offers have been made to clubs throughout the summer which we believed reflected the value of the player.“But clubs have raised their valuation of certain players and, like most clubs, we will not pay excessive transfers where we believe we will not be getting value for money.

“We will continue to work as hard as we can to supplement the excellent players we already have.”

Mandaric also says: “I know everyone - on and off the pitch - is excited by the challenge ahead and nobody more so than myself.

“This is my first full season as chairman and my aim is to build on the progress made since I took over last December.”

Meanwhile, keeper Nicky Weaver is desperate to savour a fourth promotion of his career and believes it would be “extra special” for him because he is an Owls fan.

“We know what League One is about now, so there should be no surprises; hopefully we can achieve what we failed to achieve last year,” he said.

“A club like this should be in the Premier League. There are a few hurdles to overcome, But you have to reach for the stars.”

He pointed to the double promotion achieved at Manchester City while he was there, Norwich’s recent rise, and Leeds’ progress once they escaped League One:

“Hopefully we’ll take these small steps at the start, then achieve what we can, and then you don’t know what’s going to happen in the coming years.”

Wednesday are mourning the death at the age of 73 of Graham Thorpe, a director from 1994 to 2002.