Sheffield Wednesday: Madine on agenda on Owls D-day

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COVENTRY’s interest in Gary Madine is one of the items on the Owls’ radar on transfer D-day.

Wednesday may be involved in incoming and outgoing business before the January window closes at 11pm.

But the Owls are believed to be in no desperate rush to complete their plans for the rest of the season today as they are looking mainly for loan deals and the market for emergency loans opens in a week’s time.

Emergency loans can have a maxiumum length of three months - which would make a player available for the rest of the campaign if his club are not in play-offs.

Coventry manager Mark Robins took the surprise step of confirming an interest in Madine yesterday at a time of year when managers - including Dave Jones - often keep plans close to their chest so potential rivals are not alerted.

But many clubs will already have noted Madine’s lack of games at Hillsborough and perhaps considered him as a loan target. He was strongly linked with Swindon.

Wednesday, however, could be reluctant to part with him lightly as he has been involved as a sub recently and played well at Charlton on Saturday.

Robins has seemed to be in some doubt about how willing the Owls are to let the 22-year-old go.

When the Sky Blues boss and former Wednesday player was asked if he was interested in Madine, he said: “Maybe. I like him; I think he’s a good player. I know he’s been here before. That might have been a year or so before he started to deliver, but there was potential there.

“Whether Sheffield Wednesday will want to do anything remains to be seen but he’s one that might be on the proverbial radar.”

Madine spent three months on loan at Coventry from Carlisle in the 2009-10 season.