No Barnsley bid for Owls’ O’Grady as Jones denies Madine rumours

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Barnsley have yet to make a concrete offer for the services of Sheffield Wednesday striker Chris O’Grady, the Sheffield Telegraph understands.

O’Grady spent the latter half of last season on loan at Oakwell, and proved a big hit as David Flitcroft’s men sealed Championship survival.

Despite a healthy return of six goals in 13 loan starts at Barnsley. it is understood that O’Grady does not feature in Jones’ immediate plans at Hillsborough.

The Owls chief, however, isn’t prepared to let the striker leave on the cheap.

He was signed by Jones’ predecessor Gary Megson in 2011, and has a year left to run on his Wednesday contract.

Jones, meanwhile, has denied speculation that he left Gary Madine out to avoid triggering a payment to the striker’s former club, Carlisle.

If Madine had played three more minutes for the Owls last season, then Carlisle would have been due a payment of £100,000 - £10,000 of which would have gone to the player.

“I don’t go delving into player’s contracts, I don’t know what they earn,” Jones said.

“No one has ever said I can’t play a player, and if anyone thought that it would be an insult to my integrity.”