Owls fail in loan bid for Scannell

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CRYSTAL Palace have confirmed that they have rejected an attempt by the Owls to take forward Sean Scannell on loan.

Palace co-chairman Steve Parish said: “We haven’t had a bid from Sheffield Wednesday or anyone else that would make us think twice; they called us up and asked if they could have him on loan and we said no.”

Wednesday will have made their approach even before Scannell played in the 1-0 win against Barnsley on Tuesday.

A winger or striker, he was switched up front after 35 minutes and scored the goal in stoppage time.

Dave Jones has revealed that the Owls made 30 to 40 inquiries about players in the few days leading up to the game against Walsall. The deadline for loan deals is 5pm today.

The Wednesday manager said: “We’re trying to bolster the squad and help everybody here but teams don’t want to let good players go.

“You only bring players in if they’re going to do good things. If you bring players in who’re not as good as what you’ve got, it’s not the right thing.”

Some clubs have been waiting until after this week’s midweek games before making decisions on whether or not players can go on loan. Besides Scannell, Wednesday have been linked with Wigan forward Connor Sammon, but the Latics are short of strikers.

The Owls have also been linked with West Ham forward Ravel Morrison, who went on as a substitute against Leeds on Sunday and was an unused sub against Middlesbrough on Tuesday.

Jones last weekend laughed off claims that he was to offer free agent and ex-Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler a deal.

The Wednesday boss has welcomed Jermaine Johnson’s return after injury: “It’s great to have him back. He adds to the strength of the squad.”