Sheffield Wednesday: Owls boss wants more new signings

Leroy Lita, one of two new Owls new loan signings
Leroy Lita, one of two new Owls new loan signings

OWLS manager Dave Jones is delighted to have landed Leroy Lita and Danny Pugh and is targeting more signings before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

“We’ll have four days next week to get people in and people out, and we’ll go from there,” he told The Star.

Jones has taken striker Lita and midfielder or left back Pugh on loan for the rest of the season, from Swansea and Leeds respectively.

Pugh strengthens left-side options now that attempts to keep loan star Jeremy Helan have failed and Watford are expected to buy him from Manchester City with an offer than Wednesday could not match.

Jones is also thought to be interested in City’s 17-year-old Portuguese midfield player Marcos Lopes but premature publicity may have alerted rivals.

He is out to sign a second new striker but said of Lita, aged 28: “I’m glad to have got him. He’s a goalscorer; he knows the Championship well, and has played at the highest level. He’s strong, quick, and I hope he does the business for us.”

Jones was aided by a good relationship with Swansea chairman Huw Jennings - they know each other from when Jones was manager of the Swans’ Welsh rivals, Cardiff City.

On Pugh, aged 30, Jones said: “He’s an experienced, left-side player who can play in two or three positions: left back, left-side midfield or in the centre.

“We’ve lost Jeremy, and Danny covers that side more than adequately. He’s six foot, with a good left foot and is a good, experienced pro. The more you have of that calibre, the better.”

Jones is not ruling out full deals for the pair in the summer: “You never know. At the moment we just want to get them in, and it’s an opportunity for them to play.”