Sheffield Wednesday: Mandaric hails Maghoma coup

Jacques Maghoma beats Chesterfield's Tendayi Darikwa at Burton's Pirelli Stadium in March
Jacques Maghoma beats Chesterfield's Tendayi Darikwa at Burton's Pirelli Stadium in March

Milan Mandaric has confirmed that the Owls beat off competition from Championship rivals to sign Burton winger Jacques Maghoma.

The chairman is delighted to have landed an “exciting” forward who helped the Brewers to reach the League Two play-offs.

Mandaric told The Star: “He is a player with pace and ability; to score 18 goals in one season, you have to be a good player, no matter what league you are in.

“He comes from a really good background - the youth programme at Tottenham - and he is exciting and the right age (25). Equally important, he really wanted to come here. Out of three or four clubs in the Championship, his choice was Sheffield Wednesday.

“He is also an entertaining player as well as one who scores goals.”

Mandaric signalled that the signing does not mean that a return to Hillsborough for Jeremy Helan has been ruled out.

The speedy Manchester City winger was a hit while on loan with the Owls last season.

“We’re still going to try and get Jeremy - that’s our plan.”

Mandaric, manager Dave Jones and vice-chairman Paul Aldridge are working closely together on transfer strategy, with at least one striker wanted.

“We are working but there is not much movement anywhere,” added Mandaric. “I think we’ll see more movement over the next couple of weeks.

“We need to sort out the offensive side of our team.”

Maghoma, signed on a Bosman free, joins the Owls officially on a two-year contract on July 1, the day after his Burton deal expires. The Congolese international served a two-year apprenticeship at Spurs and joined Burton in 2009.

He said: “This is a massive move for me, and I can’t wait to get started. I really enjoyed my four years at Burton but the time is right for me to move on to the next stage of my career, and this is it.

“I am a very ambitious player, I always work hard on my game.”