Sheffield Wednesday: Jones keen to win Davies race

Kevin Davies is sandwiched between Jose Semedo and Anthony Gardner in last season's Owls v Bolton game
Kevin Davies is sandwiched between Jose Semedo and Anthony Gardner in last season's Owls v Bolton game
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Dave Jones has admitted that he would love to sign Kevin Davies.

If the Owls boss gets his man he will have beaten competition from several clubs - as he did in landing Jacques Maghoma from Burton Albion.

Davies has come under scrutiny from Preston, Millwall, Brentford, Burnley and Blackpool, has had talks with Jones and may be attracting even wider interest, after his departure from Bolton.

The Wednesday manager said: “At the moment we’re keeping all our options open. We’re just waiting on certain things and for the chairman’s green light on one or two other things, then we can move and if that involves Kevin Davies it will be fantastic, because he’s a quality player, a senior player, and he’d be good on and off the pitch.

“But no decision has been made yet; the chairman is away at the moment, we’re in Burton; when we come back we’ll get our heads together and see where we are.”

The Owls will return to Sheffield after this afternoon’s private game against Romanian champions Steaua Bucharest at the St George’s Park national football centre.

Steaua have dismissed as untrue a newspaper article that suggested they imposed the “no spectators” ruling on today’s game in order to “hide” from their fans.

The Romanian outfit say the privacy is insisted upon by the St George’s management because the centre does not have spectator facilities.

Meanwhile, Chris Lines has signed for Port Vale after leaving Hillsborough by mutual consent.

He will be reunited with ex-Owls left back Daniel Jones at the newly-promoted League One club, who released former Wednesday captain Darren Purse at the end of last season.