SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Milan Mandaric wary of player inflation

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WEDNESDAY are on their guard against any attempts by clubs or agents to overcharge them.

Chairman Milan Mandaric is well aware that the Owls’ tradition, fan base, leadership and ambition could result in inflated fees or wages being asked after their promotion to the Championship.

“We have to control that as much as possible,” he said.

“We are recognised as a big club, and when players come to Sheffield Wednesday they know that. We understand it (the possibility of over-pricing) and try to limit it as much as possible but we are not going to avoid it completely.”

He is looking forward to an influx of new signings this summer.

“Dave Jones and his people are really organised as far as that is concerned,” he added. “We are trying to cover some areas by not just buying players - we are also trying to get the best Bosmans, because they will go very quickly.”

The Owls snapped up Oldham right back Kieran Lee and Wigan keeper Chris Kirkland on Bosman free transfers.

The club are believed to be still close to landing Crystal Palace defender Anthony Gardner, after an external hiccup; that too would be a free.

They have also made bids for other players, including Reading winger Michail Antonio and Derby striker Chris Maguire.

Mandaric added: “We are all very keen to make the squad more competitive, and see how far we can go.

“There will be quite a few new faces, mixed with the best of what we have from last season. We are looking to add some really good quality and prepare well for next season.”