SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Hold-up for Owls deal

Ex-England man: Anthony Gardner is thought to be the man Wednesday are close to signing.'           Picture: Rebecca Naden/pa

Ex-England man: Anthony Gardner is thought to be the man Wednesday are close to signing.' Picture: Rebecca Naden/pa

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SHEFFIELD Wednesday were last night playing a waiting game after their latest transfer hit an unexpected hitch.

A deal had been virtually clinched and Dave Jones had expected the formalities to be completed over the weekend after the player took a medical on Friday.

But the Owls boss last night revealed that there had been a “minor hiccup”, not at Wednesday’s end, and the club had to await the outcome.

Jones has still not confirmed the identity of the player though it is thought to be Crystal Palace centre half Anthony Gardner. It follows hectic activity behind the scenes as the Owls work on further signings after landing keeper Chris Kirkland and right back Kieran Lee.

Jones has also revealed that one or two players who have been the subject of offfers have been away on holiday, which meant a hold-up in negotiations.

When the pace of incoming deals accelerates it expected that the club will receive more inquires for players already on the books.

Wednesday have been sounded out about a couple of players but it is thought that potential buyers will be waiting to see what develops in the Owls’ team-building.

Jones has admitted: “Once we start to get players in, other teams will be looking at some of ours.”

Gardner is available on a Bosman free transfer. Palace made him a new offer and were hoping he would re-sign for them.

Wednesday would see the capture of another former England player on a free as another coup, to follow the signing of Kirkland from Wigan.

Right back Lee is another player who was valued by his club, Oldham, but he chose to join the Owls as they bid to build on promotion.