Sheffield Wednesday: Nuhiu sets Owls target

Wednesday forward Atdhe Nuhiu.
Wednesday forward Atdhe Nuhiu.

Big striker Atdhe Nuhiu believes the Owls can challenge for a top 10 finish in the Championship next term.

The 24-year-old wants no repeat of last season’s struggles. He said it was the first time in his career he had been involved in a relegation scrap.

“I don’t want to be down at the bottom again,” he said. “I didn’t like it.

“We didn’t get off to a good start and that was the problem. Since Stuart Gray got the team, things have changed and we showed our real face.

“I’m really looking forward to the new season and the target for me is to be in the top 10.”

Hafiz Mammadov, who owns Azerbaijan side FC Baku and French top-flight club RC Lens, completed his takeover of Wednesday, subject to Football League ratification, last month.

Nuhiu has welcomed Mammadov’s arrival, saying: “RC Lens are a big club so I think if he can manage a club like that, he will be good for us too.”

Owls chairman Milan Mandaric says the buy-out is edging closer to being approved by the League, reassuring supporters that there is no reason for concern despite the delay in the deal.

He said: “We are closer to a conclusion with the takeover but we are not there yet. Unfortunately, it has taken a lot more time than I thought or probably what anyone thought. I am quite confident that it should happen in the next several days. It is not a simple deal.”

Wednesday remain in discussions with out-of-contract quartet Chris Kirkland, Jose Semedo, Glenn Loovens and Oguchi Onyewu and Mandaric hopes they can quickly sort out their futures.